According to reports, a top model has been accused of stabbing her “violent” husband to death with a kitchen knife in a jealous rage.
26-year-old Lilia Sudakova is accused of murdering 28-year-old Sergey Popov after allegedly taking home a woman he met at a bar and demanding that his wife cook for the couple.
If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in prison in Russia.
Her mother Irena Sudakova, 48, claims that the model – famous for her natural reddish-brown hair – had long been a victim of domestic violence and that she acted in self-defense.
The model has appeared on the cover of Russian Vogue and in magazines in Italy, China and Japan and has promoted a top clothing brand in Russia.
After the stabbing, Sudakova – whose model name was Lila Sudakova – immediately called an ambulance, and Popov was rushed to the hospital where he died.
She confessed to killing her four-year-old husband with a knife, and initially told police it was due to jealousy after he flirted with the woman, according to Russian media.
The suspect’s mother told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that a drunken Popov had taken home a woman he met at a bar and expected his wife to cook for them.
He had grabbed her hair tightly and kicked her in the legs, the mother said, citing another witness in the apartment.
He withdrew, but returned while she was cutting vegetables for a salad.
“He grabbed her hair,” she said.
“At that moment she waved him away and accidentally put a knife in him.”
“My daughter was shaking all over.”
The mother said, “Lilia is a victim, it was self-defense.
This was such a sick love. It all happened by accident, it was an accident. “
She said that Popov hit Lilia repeatedly when he was drunk.
Her son-in-law was “smart,” “enchanting with his mind,” and a computer genius, but he was an “alcoholic” who could be “an arrogant snob,” and she had witnessed Lilia beating.
“My daughter was completely sober,” she said, claiming that the law is biased against victims of domestic violence in Russia.
The model’s girlfriend, stylist Karolina Pavlovskaya, also said that Lilia was the victim of abuse.
“She was a broken girl with a beautiful appearance but emptiness inside,” she said.