A 22-year-old British woman, who was partying with boxer Amir Khan, suffered horrific injuries on her face after she was glassed by a jealous air hostess.
Make-up artist Bia Hannides was in an exclusive club in Dubai on Sunday night partying with recently single boxer Amir Khan, his brother Haroon, and beauty adviser Gulbahor Becknazar in a roped-off VIP area. Bia’s 53-year-old mother Denise was also with them when a Lebanese air hostess tried to join their circle and when Amir Khan will not give her his attention, she attacked Bia with a glass.
Bia was rushed to hospital with a gaping wound over her eye, her designer white dress covered in her blood. She was there for 12 hours getting stitched and doctors have told her she will be permanently scarred. It was so bad she feared she might lose her sight. In all this, she said Amir Khan never offered any help. She said the boxer refused to follow her to the hospital when the ambulance picked her from the club neither did he come to check on her at the hospital afterwards because he was worried about attracting “bad press”.
The next day Amir Khan sent Bia a message saying: “I get punched in the face for a living and still get the best girls. Same for you. You will get the best guys regardless, scar or no scar.”
In another message he explained that the attacker was not with him, writing: “Babe she wasn’t with us. I’m sorry. How are you feeling?”
Bia was on holiday in Dubai with her mum when she said she was introduced to Khan on Sunday, two days after his very public split from his wife Faryal Makhdoom. They exchanged numbers and the boxer invited her to join him at the exclusive Billionaire Mansion club that night. When she arrived the club, Amir met her outside the venue at around 1 a.m. on Monday, and she and her mum joined him, his brother Haroon and Gulbahor Becknazar. Pictures taken that night show Bia with both Amir and his brother.
Explaining what led to the attack, Bia said: “We were all just having a really, really good night and it was just a small group of us. We were all with Amir and he was keeping it very close knit. If he lost sight of me he would always try and find me or pull my hand. He was looking after us. We were all dancing and happy and having a really good night. He had his hands around my waist and was flirting a bit – but in a really friendly way.”
Everything was going OK until the Lebanese air hostess tried to join the group.
“I had this beautiful white dress on, we were all having a good time and maybe because Amir wasn’t giving her the time of day, she was jealous. Amir’s brother was saying to her, ‘What are you doing in this circle in our area’ and it must have upset her. It was really crowded and you were accidentally brushing into everyone around you – that’s just how it is.
“She said to me, ‘You’re pushing into one of my friends’ and I told her I hadn’t even touched her friend. Next thing she went to hit me, but I was with it, so I grabbed her wrist – and with her other hand she glassed me straight in the face.”
Security staff helped Bia into an ambulance and she was taken to a hospital where she got five stitches in a gash above her right eye. A second cut on her eyelid could not be stitched because of the delicate nature of the skin.
“It was absolutely horrible,” she said. “Amir and his brother said they couldn’t come with us because it would be bad press. I understand, but I would have expected him to find out what happened to me when he left.
“I think all he could think about was how it would look in the papers.”
Bia said police later ordered the attacker to pay a fine of 1,000 dirham (around £200).
See screenshot of the message Amir sent to her below.