Model Simona Andrejic injured on billionaire Chinh Chu’s garden zip line
Billionaire Chinh Chu is facing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit after a 25-year-old model was injured during a zip line crash at his estate.
Chu — the 53-year-old former Blackstone managing director who now runs investment firm CC Capital — invited a group of young models, among other friends, on July 17 to his Westchester home, which boasts a garage packed with supercars.
Serbia-born model Simona Andrejićc took a ride on Chu’s garden zip line, and smashed into a tree at high speed. She managed to cling to a wooden platform 50 feet up in the air. Andrejic was stuck there in agonizing pain for two hours until emergency services rescued her, according to a witness. She suffered multiple pelvic fractures and needed stitches in her arm. She was taken to a local hospital before being helicoptered to Yale New Haven Hospital.
Separated from the mother of his two kids and now dating a Russian former model, Chu initially told Andrejićc that he’d take care of things. He put her up in a five-star hotel and gave her use of his Rolls-Royce to take her to his doctors, according to multiple sources.
But Chu has so far only offered Andrejic a settlement of a few thousand dollars a month for a year, which pals say is “pocket change for Chu.” When she didn’t accept his offer, an aide for Chu threatened to cut off the payments for her medical care and hotel, according to a source. She has since voluntarily moved out.
Chu hung up when we called his cellphone. His attorney, John Altorelli, didn’t return calls, and his publicist declined to comment.
Brunette beauty Andrejic — who has graced the runway for Calvin Klein, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Dior — is in a wheelchair and cannot walk, so she can’t return to her NYC walk-up. She declined to talk to Page Six for this story.
She’s hired power attorney Salvatore Strazzullo, who said, “Simona has devastating injuries. She cannot work and is in substantial pain. She should be fairly compensated within the law.”
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