A horrific accident that took place on the estate of a billionaire has left a 25-year-old Serbian model in a wheelchair for the foreseeable future, suffering the effects of a fractured pelvis and possible spinal cord injury. The incident took place in mid-July at the estate of Chinese investor Chinh Chu, who runs the investment firm CC Capital and who was previously the managing director of The Blackstone Group, Inc. The model is Simona Andrejic, who has modeled for Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, and Gucci.
According to media reports, the model’s spinal cord injury occurred when she and several models, as well as others identified as Chu’s friends, were invited to be guests at his Westchester, New York estate. While there she rode a zipline that was installed in his garden, and while traveling at a high rate of speed she smashed into a tree. She was left clinging to a wooden platform 50 feet up in the air while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive and rescue her. She was then taken to a local hospital and later helicoptered to Yale New Haven Hospital for treatment.
Model Seeking Several Million Dollars Following Spinal Cord Injury and Multiple Pelvic Fractures
According to the lawsuit filed against Chu, Andrejic is seeking several million in compensation for the spinal cord injury, which has left her in tremendous pain and unable to walk for the foreseeable future. She fractured her pelvis in multiple areas. Following the accident Chu told her that he would take care of things: he put her up in a five-star hotel after she was released from the hospital and provided her with use of his Rolls Royce. But when the time came to discuss compensation for her injuries, Chu reportedly offered her a few thousand dollars a month for a one-year period, and when she refused that settlement his aide is alleged to have threatened to cut off payments for her current care. A family representative discussing the case said, “Simona has devastating injuries. She cannot work and is in substantial pain. She should be fairly compensated within the law.”