A former Miss Universe finalist was left "shaken" after she was chased by a protester in Washington DC during pro-Trump riots through the US capitol.
Irish-American model Fionnghuala O'Reilly, who works for NASA as a datanaut, was out for a run as the riots at Capitol Hill began, and was forced to run away from a man "yelling" at her for wearing a mask.
She shared footage from the terrifying encounter on her Instgram page, writing: “I’m absolutely appalled. I’m still shaken.
“This morning, a man followed me, yelled at me, and chased me down because I wore a mask while on a jog.
“I had to run away from him to get away.”
The man can be heard shouting at her about his grandmother in the clip, saying: “My grandmother is 75 with diabetes and she beat Covid, but here you are, running around with a mask on and [you’re] like 33.
“Videotape me, I don’t care,” he added before it cut off as he ran towards her.
The former pageant queen, who was crowned Miss Universe Ireland in 2019 currently lives in Washington DC, where she is a Correspondent with the CBS show Mission Unstoppable.
Condemning the acts of violence and chaos in recent days, she said the attacks have gone too far and pleaded with her fans and followers to stay safe at home.
She wrote: "I live downtown. This violence, this chaos is disgraceful. Our city is being terrorized.
"This morning, a man followed me, yelled at me, and chased me down because I wore a mask while on a jog.
"I had to run away from him to get away. The attacks have only gotten worse.
"This has completely gone too far. If you are in the city, please stay safe and stay home."
Her followers were very concerned for her welfare following the incident.
One wrote in reply: "I’m so sorry you had to go through this, Fig. Glad you made it home safely."
Another commented: "Deplorable behaviour. I hope you're ok. Be careful."
"Omg Fig I’m so sorry. Please stay safe. It’s crazy what it’s happening over there. Take care! Sending love," a third person wrote.
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