Friday 28 October 2016

Man grabbed me from behind as I jogged - Shahira

Aspiring star Shahira is too afraid to walk on her own in LA after she was attacked in a busy park
Aspiring star Shahira is too afraid to walk on her own in LA after she was attacked in a busy park

Irish model Shahira Barry has spoken of her terror after she was "grabbed" by an unknown man while out hiking in Los Angeles.

The Kim Kardashian lookalike was left shaken following the incident which took place in Hollywood hotspot Runyon Canyon Park.

"A man jumped out from behind the trees when I was walking up a slope with headphones on and he grabbed me from behind," Shahira told the Herald.

"Luckily, Runyon is a very busy hiking trail so when I screamed at him and made a scene, he ran off."


The 24-year-old, who has been living in the States for more than a year, said she is now too afraid to go walking alone following the incident, which took place in broad daylight.

"It has stopped me hiking on my own which I used to find very therapeutic but I am too afraid now as I never thought that would happen at Runyon because it is one of the busiest trails in LA," Shahira said.

The Galway native, who is a big fan of hiking, has since moved out of her "beautiful apartment" next to Runyon Canyon and said she feels much safer. While she admitted that living abroad is not always plain sailing, the aspiring music and TV star said LA is where she wants to be.

"Living away from home is definitely not easy, it's a sacrifice.

"While I'm in a really good place right now I did have a bad few months because I was living with a crazy room-mate for a while.

"I probably stayed longer than I should have because of my love for hiking and fear that I wouldn't find anywhere quite as nice, but I live in between Beverly Hills and Westwood now and I love it here."

"It's actually a much safer area than Hollywood but I guess all I really knew was Hollywood when I first moved."

Shahira has been living in the States since 2014 and has scored a number of gigs, including as a body double for reality TV star Kim Kardashian and small roles in blockbusters like Ted 2.

The striking brunette was over the moon recently after she was made an official member of the prestigious Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and is now eligible to audition for more roles.


"People are still shocked when they find out I'm in SAG and have only been here for a year, but I worked my butt off to earn the vouchers to get in so I'm delighted to now be a part of the union and will have bigger roles available to me."

As well as rubbing shoulders with superstar Justin Bieber (inset) and hanging out at a Playboy Mansion party hosted by rapper Drake, Shahira has been busy working on TV commercials in recent weeks.

"I just filmed a lead role as Cleopatra for a Korean Ginseng commercial and I also finished working on a commercial for a huge brand with a very big female artist but I can't talk about that until the ad comes out," she added.

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