WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Rise Park model says 'career is over' after face went through a glass panel
A MODEL says her career is over after being left "scarred for life" in an alleged assault.
Lasha Horton, 23, said she needed more than 30 stitches after her face went through a glass panel.
Miss Horton, whose casting agent estimated she could have earned up to £15,000 a year, said she spent two days in hospital and was told her face will not fully heal.
"If the glass had hit me elsewhere in my face I could have lost my sight," she said.
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"As it is I have arranged to see plastic surgeons and they have told me that because I am mixed race it will be difficult for the scar to be erased completely so I am scarred for life.
"It's really upsetting because I've done a lot of charity work as a model and now I can no longer do that. I also had shoots lined up which I can't fulfil."
The alleged assault happened in Miss Horton's home in Pine Hill Close, Rise Park, at about 1am on Friday, October 26.
Miss Horton's boyfriend rang an ambulance and she was admitted to the Queen's Medical Centre. She was discharged on Sunday, October 28.
The injuries are still causing Miss Horton pain and she had her stitches removed about a week ago. But Miss Horton said she is also determined to stay positive.
"Although I can no longer model I would like to continue my charity work and I thought I could try to turn this into something," she said.
"This happened in a matter of seconds but it's devastated my life. I haven't been leaving the house and I can no longer pursue the career I wanted."
She added that people needed to realise just how much of an impact a single moment can have.
Among the modelling work Miss Horton had lined up was a contract with Demus Castings, in London.
Nicholas Demus, of Demus Castings, said: "She was due to appear in music videos with some up-and-coming artists.
"I did have some magazines that wanted to shoot her over 2013, including Flavour fashion magazine, but we've had to start re-booking after we got the news.
"At the moment it is going to prove to be a bit difficult with her current situation because obviously normally facial appearance as well as physical appearance is very important."
Mr Demus added that he believed someone of Miss Horton's appearance could have earned between £10,000 to £15,000 a year through modelling.
Miss Horton has also worked with Caprica Rising and done charity shoots to raise money for the Burma flood.
A spokesman for Notts Police confirmed they had been called to an incident in Pine Hill Close at about 1.50am on Friday, October 26.
Genavese Justin has been charged with actual bodily harm with intent. She appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday, November 22 and will appear again for a plea and directions hearing on February 1, 2013.