'I could have died,' says TOWIE's Sam after attack by girls
The Only Way Is Essex star Sam Faiers has told how she feared for her life when she and her sister Billie were attacked by a gang of girls.
Reality TV star Sam, 20, was admitted to hospital and underwent a brain scan before doctors gave her the all-clear and told her to rest.
Billie, 21, had her £1,500 Mulberry handbag stolen, containing cash, her house keys, her mobile phone and photos, in the incident in a central London nightclub.
In an interview with The Sun, Sam said: "I really thought I was going to die.
"They came at me like a herd of elephants.
"It's just a blur."
Sam, who suffered black eyes, a split nose, and bruises and scratches on her back, said she could do nothing but curl into a ball before passing out.
Billie said she was surrounded by at least 10 girls on the dance floor at the Jet Black club before she noticed her leg was bleeding after she was hit by glass.
She then told how the assault continued outside, saying: "They were punching me and hitting me with their high heels when I was on the ground. They pulled my hair and dragged me along the street."
On the way home in a taxi, Sam said she received a call on her mobile phone saying she would get Billie's phone back if she went to a specified location.
When she went to the spot, she said she was attacked by the same girls as before.
Sam, who said she lost consciousness during the second assault, added: "If a kick had landed any differently I could be dead."
Both stars of the ITV2 reality show, known to fans as Towie, were taken to Whipps Cross Hospital in east London, where they were kept in overnight.
They said they did not want the ordeal to affect filming of the third series of the ITV2 hit show.
Yesterday, the sisters took to Twitter to thank fans for their support.
Billie's spokesman, Luke Mills, said of the incidents, which occurred late on Saturday night and early on Sunday morning: "It was a massively unprovoked attack, which was clearly premeditated. We are assisting police with their inquiries."
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police received an allegation of theft and assault at approximately 4.30pm on October 23 relating to events that took place at some point during the night of October 22 into 23. Officers will now take steps to establish the full circumstances."