A TikTok star who was the victim of a terrifying acid attack has broken her silence as police hunt her masked attackers, saying she does not want them charged.
Jenny Elhassan, 32, was recording a livestream outside the Old Town Hong Kong restaurant in Sydney‘s Chinatown, when she was hit in the eye with acid and left with facial burns after 11pm on Friday.
The young mother admitted she knows the identity of at least one of her attackers but didn’t want to name them.
Detectives from NSW‘s Police Raptor squad fear the brazen and ‘heinous’ attack could be linked to a notorious Sydney crime family.
‘I feel like I just want it to blow over, I don’t want anything to escalate,’ she told Channel Ten.
‘I feel like if I just let it blow over it will be much better for me.’
Jenny Elhassan, the young mother who had acid thrown in her eyes on Friday, admitted she knows the identity of at least one of her attackers but didn’t want to name them
Ms Elhassan was dining at the popular Dixon Street eatery moments before she was set upon
The day after the attack she showed burn marks on her face and neck and in another video described the excruciating pain in her right eye.
‘I still feel like there’s a knife stuck in my eye,’ Ms Elhassan said.
She also added that she was relieved her six year old daughter did not witness the horror unfold.
NSW police confirmed they are on the hunt for three masked men who emerged from a black hatchback and confronted her.
Ms Elhassan filmed another video in her hospital bed showing the extent of damage to her face with burn marks on her neck and above her eyebrow
TikToker Jenny Elhassan (pictured) was recording a livestream before she was allegedly sprayed with acid in a targeted attack and left with facial burns
Restaurant staff handed Ms Elhassan bottles of water before she poured the liquid over her face
One allegedly threw the acid onto her face before the group sped off.
The alleged attackers are believed to still be on the run.
It is understood police are investigating possible links between Ms Elhassan and various underworld identities.
A series of recent TikTok clips, some made by Ms Elhassan, feature taunts and threats which are now being examined by police.
The vicious attack was captured in her livestream, in which she is heard screaming for water seconds afterwards.
She also claimed to have needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation administered by her sister, Alia, for 10 minutes because she passed out from the acid attack.
Ms Elhassan was dining at the popular Dixon Street eatery moments before she was set upon.
Footage shows Ms Elhassan howling for water and begging for help from her terrified sister Alia
Jenny Elhassan, 32, was dining at the Old Town Hong Kong restaurant on Dixon Street at Haymarket, in Sydney, at 11pm on Friday
Footage shows Ms Elhassan howling for water and begging for help from her terrified sister Alia.
‘I can’t see,’ she says. ‘Alia I can’t breathe. Come give me mouth to mouth.’
Restaurant staff handed Ms Elhassan bottles of water before she poured the liquid over her face.
She took shelter in the restaurant before paramedics transported her to Royal North Shore Hospital.
Ms Elhassan filmed another video in her hospital bed showing the extent of damage to her face with burn marks on her neck and above her eyebrow.
The 32-year-old said she was wearing glasses at the time, but the ‘black acid’ still managed to get into one of her eyes.
‘See the burn marks on my neck, the burn marks across my head and my eyesight,’ she said.
Police set up a crime scene and called in the NSW Fire and Rescue HAZMAT crews for assistance.
Police set up a crime scene and called in the NSW Fire and Rescue HAZMAT crews for assistance
NSW Ambulance inspector Andrew Bibb said: ‘When paramedics arrived, this patient was very distressed and appeared to be struggling to breathe.
‘Her face was quite swollen as a result of the chemical substance which was also impacting her vision.
‘A chemical burn to any part of the body is extremely concerning let alone to a person’s face.
‘Of all the injuries paramedics attend, burns can be the most painful and difficult to manage.’