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Gigi Hadid on Fighting Milan Fashion Week Attacker: "I Felt I Was in Danger"

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Gigi Hadid on the Bottega Veneta spring 2017 runway.

The supermodel told Lenny Letter's Lena Dunham: "I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too, if put in a similar situation."

Gigi Hadid is speaking out about being attacked by red-carpet menace Vitalii Sediuk after the MaxMara runway show during Milan Fashion Week last Thursday.

In an interview with Lena Dunham for Lenny Letter, the supermodel said, "Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did." 

The incident was caught on video, in which Hadid is seen being fighting back and thrusting her elbow in Sediuk's face after being lifted off the ground by him. "Let go of me. Who the f— are you, you piece of shit," the 21-year-old was heard yelling.

"If anything, I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too, if put in a similar situation," Hadid told the Girls co-creator and star. "Practicing self-defense is important so that when you’re in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up."

Though Hadid has received massive social media support since the occasion, one initial headline accused the model of "aggressively" lashing out at a "fan." At the time the L.A. native took to Twitter to write: "To the unknown article writer: fan?!!! The ACTUAL fans that were there can tell you what happened. I'm a HUMAN BEING and had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself. How dare that idiot thinks he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger."

After seeing the headline, the runway pro explained to Dunham: "That’s when I really got pissed. First of all, it was a woman who wrote the story with that headline. What would you tell your daughter to do? If my behavior isn’t model behavior, then what is?"

Overall, Hadid wants "to use what happened to me to show that it’s everyone’s right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself."

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