Vogue model who refused sex stabs husband after he brings another woman home

A Vogue model has confessed that she killed her husband when he "taunted her by bringing another woman home after she had refused to have sex with him".

Prosecutors in Russia have upgraded charges against Lilia Sudakova, 27, from causing grievous bodily harm to murder, which could lead to a 15 year jail sentence.

Speaking for the first time on the killing of Sergey Popov, 28, the model – famous for her natural ginger hair – insists she was a domestic abuse victim and had acted in self defence.

She said: "He was dead drunk. He came home with a girl and I understood what he wanted to show me with this."

She added: "The night before I did not do what he wanted from me… he wanted sex… and he just showed that he can find someone else.

"I went to the kitchen, asked her if she wanted something to eat. He said he also wanted to eat, but I replied that he can prepare it himself.

"From that moment he became aggressive. He attacked me, and our friend [also in the flat in St Petersburg] pulled him away."

As she was cutting a tomato with a kitchen knife he yelled at her and "grabbed me again".

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Currently under house arrest after eight months in pre-trial detention, she told an interviewer that she “tried to push him away” and in the fight she inadvertently stabbed him in the chest.

She said: "I saw blood, saw a knife in my hand. I was scared that he would take this knife and just chop me to death.

"Then I called an ambulance, tried to bring him to [his] senses, and gave him water.

"He said 'It's not painful', and added 'Forgive me'."

But prosecutors say she deliberately stabbed her husband, intending to kill him.

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A new murder charge at a district court in St Petersburg, where her trial is due to start in a month, said that Popov had "put the palm of his right hand on her right shoulder in order to calm her down and resolve the conflict."

They also allege that Sudakova "deliberately and purposefully" faced him and "stabbed him in the chest".

Popov later died in hospital.

The model – who has appeared on the cover of Russian Vogue and in magazines in Italy, China and Japan, and was the face of a Moscow clothes brand – initially told investigators she stabbed her husband of four years from "jealousy" after he brought home a woman he met at a bar.

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Her mother Irena Sudakova, 49, claims the catwalk star was a longtime victim of domestic abuse, and that she had acted in self-defence when stabbing Popov 13 months ago.

She said: "At that moment, she waved him away and accidentally stuck a knife into him."

Irena added that it was an "irresistible impulse," saying: "Lilia is a victim, it was self-defence.

"This was such a sick love. It all happened by accident."

The model was speaking to reporter Sasha Sulim on a project called "Why Women Kill", which highlights the role of domestic abuse in many cases.

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