A young woman left permanently scarred after a terrifying and random bottle attack has defended herself against Facebook trolls.
Chloe Knapton has come in for nasty abuse on social media after the man accused of attacking her admitted his guilt.
Chloe, 21, of Holmfirth, was left pouring with blood after her attacker Andrew Shires launched a a vodka bottle through her driver’s side window in New Road, Netherthong back in April.
Now her attacker has admitted wounding Chloe, she bravely told of her ordeal in the Examiner and she has received hundreds of messages of support.
But despite the well-wishers, a small minority of people have attacked her on social media.
Although Chloe said she would usually ignore such comments she fought back on Facebook and defended herself.
She posted: “Thank you to all the well wishers for your support. I don’t usually reply to things like this...”
In a follow on post she replied to claims she was lying adding: “This story tells the exact truth...I’ve never lied.
“Whatever happened there is no justifying throwing a glass bottle into someone’s face.”
Chloe also revealed that her scars have left her ‘dancing career over’ and she ‘can’t smile’ due to her injuries.
She has danced on cruise ships and ran a branch of dance school KT Academy in Holmfirth.
She previously said: “If it had been two centimetres to the right I would have been dead in 40 seconds.
The bottle shattered and large pieces of glass became embedded in her neck, with glass shards dangerously positioned around her nose and shoulder.
Doctors told her she was ‘very lucky’ the bottle did not lodge itself closer to her main artery or she may not have survived.
Shires, 37, the man who attacked her as she made her way home, is awaiting sentence at Leeds Crown Court after admitting wounding Chloe.
She had been on a night out in Holmfirth with a friend when they stopped in Netherthong to move a bicycle in the road.
Shires swung the bottle at Chloe’s car, causing her horrific injuries. She and her friend drove a short distance to the safety of Chloe’s mum’s friend’s house where emergency services and her family were called.
Chloe spent four days in Leeds General Infirmary and was treated by three specialist surgeons.