Australian model Lucy McIntosh, of “Project Runway Australia” fame, recently accused nightclub entrepreneur Mark Houston of domestic violence through a post on her Instagram account.
On Wednesday, McIntosh posted a photograph of her bloodied and battered face using the hashtag #MeToo, claiming her boyfriend injured her face and caused “physical and emotional” damage.
“Look at my face. My nose is broken and face is fractured. This is the face of someone who was assaulted by a boyfriend,” she wrote in the caption. “Mark Houston @houstonhospitality @houston_bros did this to me. I am naming his name. Because we can’t stay silent. Women across the world to continue to rise up. #metoo”.
Look at my face. My nose is broken and face is fractured. This is the face of someone who was assaulted by a boyfriend. Today I took a deep breath and met with Detective Christina Strollo of the #LAPD to show her the damage caused by a physically and emotionally abusive boyfriend. Mark Houston @houstonhospitality @houston_bros did this to me. I am naming his name. Because we can’t stay silent. Women across the world to continue to rise up. #metoo
McIntosh further revealed that she already got in touch with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
Houston, who owns several nightlife establishments in Los Angeles with twin brother Jonnie, has denied the claims via a statement posted on his business’ Instagram account, reports Eater. In the post, which has since been made private, he wrote that there is “no truth to the claims being made,” noting that he’s also become the target of extortion.
According to SFV Media, Houston has also filed a lawsuit accusing McIntosh of “fraud, defamation, interference with prospective economic damage, and theft,” on Wednesday at LA Superior Court.
The lawsuit reportedly indicated how Houston welcomed McIntosh to his home in 2016 after she left a “sexually abusive” relationship with a “famous musician.” Houston noted how he allowed McIntosh to stay in his home rent-free while paying for most of her living expenses.
While the lawsuit did not mention the name of McIntosh’ former relationship partner, it was reported last year that she was then dating music mogul Russell Simmons who incidentally has recently been accused of sexual assault and harassment by model Keri Claussen Khalighi.
He also allegedly received a demand letter from McIntosh’s attorney in the amount of $657,000. While Houston had reportedly agreed to foot the $9,000-medical bill for surgery to repair McIntosh’s injured face, he noted that her accusations that it was him who inflicted it on her were untrue.
The lawsuit further mentions of a security footage from Houston’s home recorded before said surgery wherein McIntosh appeared “flawless.” The video, which apparently aims to discredit the allegations, supposedly brings into question the timing of McIntosh’s claims.
The Houston brothers, sons of Thai/Chinese mother Ploenpidh Houston (owner of Koreatown’s Monte Carlo bar), began to build their successful Los Angeles nightlife establishments in 2008.
Feature image via Instagram/noree_pla