MILAN, Nov 22 : Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in 1998. She was 18 years old and was representing her country, Israel. When her name was announced, she stood on stage, sobbing. But they were not tears of happiness. They were filled with shock, trauma and confusion.
Because just six weeks earlier, Abargil had been violently raped at knife point. Her travel agent, Uri Shlomo Nur, kidnapped and assaulted her in Milan. They were in a car together, when he took a secluded road. He put masking tape over Abargil's mouth and placed a plastic bag over her head, as he repeatedly raped her. ?THE INDEPENDENT