Man ‘fled’ to Turkey following NYC assault conviction: suit

New York Post

A man known for dating a top Ukrainian model was convicted of brutally beating another woman he met at a Manhattan bar three years ago — but then fled the US for Turkey before he could be sentenced, new court papers allege.

Now, the victim is suing in Manhattan Supreme Court in an effort to bring him to justice.

Norwegian architect Amanda Kjaervik filed the suit Saturday against Baran Gunes — who hails from Turkey and made headlines last year when his GQ model girlfriend was also bashed at a nightclub in his homeland.

Kjaervik — who is now 29 and living in Copenhagen, Denmark — is suing Gunes and the building’s co-op for unspecified damages.

Jennifer Freeman, Kjaervik’s lawyer, told The Post, “He completely escaped responsibility and accountability.”

“The criminal justice system did the right thing — he was convicted,” Freeman said. “But he fled the country, so this is the only way that we know how to hold him responsible.”

Freeman said her client “was shocked and traumatized and rocked to her core,” by the attack.

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