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Sunday 20 April 2014

Gardai investigate Dublin model’s claims she was raped at luxury hotel

* Brigid Byrne claims man has attacked other women

Dublin model Ava Van Rose, aka Brigid Byrne
Dublin model Ava Van Rose, aka Brigid Byrne

Gardai are investigating allegations by a Dublin glamour model that she was drugged and raped in a luxury Dublin hotel after attending a party there.

Brigid Byrne (24), who models under the name of Ava Van Rose, claims other women who work in the capital’s celebrity social scene have come to her since her rape alleging they had been attacked by the same man.

Gardai are now appealing for anyone who has been victim to such incidents to come forward to them but said at the moment they have been alerted to one attack.

Mother-of-two Brigid said she was drugged and raped in the penthouse suite of the hotel by the man six weeks ago.

The model said she decided to speak out as she believes the suspect is targeting other women in the Dublin social scene.

Recalling the night of the alleged assault, Ms Byrne said she was a with a group of people in a nightclub, before they went to a party in the penthouse suite.

The model said she had a few drinks, but not more than she usually would when out socialising.

She said her legs became weak and she felt numb as soon as she arrived at the hotel, comparing the sensation to paralysis.

Ms Byrne said when she awoke, a man was on top of her and she did not have the strength to push him away.

She managed to leave the suite, and ran outside for help.

She attended the Sexual Assault Treatment Centre of the Rotunda Hospital where she was medically examined.

Brigid then reported the matter to gardai at Pearse Street who are now investigating the allegations.

She claims that since she made her complaint, two other women have contacted her claiming they were attacked by the same man two years ago.

Brigid has since been getting help and advice from the Rape Crisis Centre and said she is speaking out in the hope of preventing attacks on more women.

Conor Feehan

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