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Suspected stabber Nabilla freed from prison

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Suspected stabber Nabilla freed from prison
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21:31 CET+01:00
Swiss model and French reality TV star Nabilla Benattia left a women's prison in Versailles, France on Thursday on conditional release while facing charges of attempted murder after stabbing her boyfriend.

The 22-year-old, known by her entertainment industry name Nabilla, was freed after five weeks’ detention but remains under judicial restrictions ahead of a trial which will not take place until mid- 2015 at the earliest, justice authorities said, according to a report from AFP.

She is suspected of using a knife to stab her boyfriend Thomas Vergara, 28, in a hotel room in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris last month.

The native of Geneva was placed in detention on November 9th.

Under the order for her release, Nabilla is prohibited from having contact with Vergara, even through social media, and is also required to not comment on the case in the media.

Nabilla’s liberation came two days after she and her boyfriend were questioned again about the case.

She reportedly maintained that Vergara wounded himself with the knife during a violent dispute between the couple, Swiss broadcaster RTS said.

Vergara, for his part, alleged that it was Nabilla who held the knife and struck him “amid the confusion” while he was trying to restrain her.

Nabilla had initially maintained that the couple were the victims of three unknown intruders, a scenario that was contradicted by the lack of any matching evidence from video surveillance cameras.

The petite model, who has admitted to having breast enhancement surgery, shot to fame in a French reality TV show.

She subsequently became a fixture in media both in Switzerland and France, where she is routinely referred to as a "bimbo", while photos of her in scanty attire have filled photo galleries on websites. 

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