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Elle fights back

Elle oacpherson bravely fought off a mugger outside a London nightclub. The supermodel was arriving at a charity bash in North London when a thug suddenly pounced on her and tried to steal her handbag. However, the 43-year-old beauty was left unfazed by the attack and, to the astonishment of witnesses and the unfortunate thief, launched her own assault on the crook using her well-honed martial-arts skills. An eye witness says, “Everyone was watching her – he didn’t stand a chance. As soon as he grabbed Elle’s bag, she swung around quite calmly, just went for his arm and got her bag. The mugger reacted like he’d been floored, then staggered back and ran for it.” Elle regularly practices the ancient Chinese art of T’ai Chi, which has apparently given the catwalk queen “the strength of a bodybuilder”. [16 November 2006]

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