Turkish resort beach closed after assault claim by Ukrainian top model

A beach located in Turkey’s western resort of Çeşme has been closed for 15 days following an alleged beating of Ukrainian top model Daria Kyryliuk by security staff, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday.

The report follows an Instagram post by the 24-year-old fashion model that she was attacked, along with three other women, by security officers at the famous Momo Beach of the Aegean Sea.

“We were attacked by the security of Momo Beach( Çeşme, Turkey). Four girls were punched in the face (including me) and the guys were badly hurt,’’ Kyryliuk said in an Instagram post on Sunday. “We gave police detailed reports. We should not turn a blind eye to what happened and stop #stoptheviolenceagainstwomen.”

Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Nuri Mehmet Ersoy condemned the attack and promised to hold accountable those responsible for the act.

The beach administration has said incident took place outside its boundaries and that its staff had nothing to do with it.

“All relevant institutions have been mobilized, particularly the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey following an unusual and undesirable incident on the evening of July 31, which our guest encountered in Çeşme,’’ Ria Novosti quoted the Turkish ministry as saying. “The enterprise (beach) is closed for 15 days.”

Turkey has taken all the precautions necessary for foreign tourists to spend their holidays in the country in a “peaceful and safe way,” the ministry added.

The reason for the attack is not yet known and the victims have reportedly appealed to local police, Ria Novosti said.