Jessica Aitchison has been charged with reckless wounding after a woman claimed she split open her lip in a Sydney hotel
A stripper who turned to rapping after a breast enhancement almost killed her is accused of hurling a plastic cup at a woman in a pub smoking area and splitting open her lip.
Jessica Aitchison – who performs as ‘Jackel’ or ‘Jackel Daniels’ – faced Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Monday, wearing conservative clothing and heavy makeup to hide her extensive tattoos.
The 26-year-old was charged with reckless wounding after a woman, 22, claimed Aitchison threw a red plastic cup at her at the Burdekin Hotel in Darlinghurst in the early hours of July 29 last year.
The New Zealand-born centrefold model, who was crowned Miss Nude Sydney in 2012, had been attending an AM/PM emo club night at the hotel.
The alleged victim, who was in the smoking area of the hotel, said the missile struck her above the top lip and she required plastic surgery.
Aitchison, who denies throwing the cup and has pleaded not guilty, faced court with boyfriend Reece Mobbs, 29, who is charged with common assault over the same incident.
Jessica Aitchison, who performs as ‘Jackel’ or ‘Jackel Daniels’ is a model and stripper turned rapper. For last Halloween she dressed up as Harley Quinn, the comic book and film character
Jessica ‘Jackel’ Aitchison dressed demurely when she faced court on Monday charged with reckless wounding. She was accompanied by boyfriend Reece Mobbs, charged with assault
The New Zealand-born centrefold model, who was crowned Miss Nude Sydney in 2012, turned to rap music after a breast enhancement procedure which went wrong almost killed her
Mobbs, from inner city Surry Hills, is a tattooist at Bondi Junction’s Valhalla Tattoo Studio, while Aitchison, from Hamyln Terrace on the Central Coast, is a bar supervisor at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq in Alexandria.
In court the rapper was dressed demurely in a dark green blouse buttoned to her neck and wrists along with black pants, covering most of her tattoos.
Solicitor Phillip Carey, acting for both accused, said CCTV footage would support Aitchison’s case by showing her leaving the smoking area still holding a cup in her hand.
Aitchison, who is also a fire-eater, has more than 40,000 followers on Instagram where she goes by jackellovesyou.
She once told a New Zealand website of her tattoos: ‘To me I felt awkward, uneasy and lying to the world when I had bare skin.’
‘The truth is I’m used to it, I’m actually used to society putting me down for being myself.’
‘To me I felt awkward, uneasy and lying to the world when I had bare skin.’ Aitchison, who is also a fire-eater, has more than 40,000 followers on Instagram where she is ‘jackellovesyou’
‘I live in art – my body is adorned in tattoo art and you know, about 90 per cent of them are direct writings of my life, it’s like a journal entry except on my skin,’ Jessica Aitchison says
Aitchison made news in July 2015 when she complained of being trolled by ‘haters telling me to go kill myself’, largely because of her music and tattoos.
‘It’s vicious, it is bullying and unfortunately I have had to deal with bullying my whole life, starting at primary school,’ she told Daily Mail Australia at the time.
‘It’s hate mail and comments they put on my photos telling me to go kill myself.’
‘A lot of it has to do with the simple fact that I am a woman, they put me down because of standards of what type of woman they think I should be.’
Aitchison worked as a model and stripper after moving to Sydney but turned her talents to rapping when a breast enhancement procedure almost killed her.
‘I couldn’t model how I wanted anymore, I started thinking about what I wanted to do,’ she said.
‘I am lying on a hospital bed listening to music and the fact I could no longer be a showgirl, I needed my creative juices to be put to use elsewhere.
‘I couldn’t model how I wanted anymore, I started thinking about what I wanted to do,’ she says
‘So I thought “let’s do music”. I always wanted to but you know, I can’t sing but I found out that I can really rap.’
In a music video released about that time, Put In Fitness, Aitchison raps in a fridge filled with money, surrounded by semi-naked and tattooed girls.
‘I put gorgeous lingerie on my videos and because I am a woman it is degrading but if I was a man surrounded by gorgeous women, then that is apparently okay.
‘A lot of my friends are women who feel they same, feminist followers, they love it, they eat it up.’
Aitchison said back then her critics would not defeat her.
Jessica Aitchison,27, and Reece Mobbs, 29, have pleaded not guilty to their roles in the alleged assault of a woman at the Burdekin Hotel in Sydney’s inner-city Darlinghurst in July last year
‘I have somehow built up this armour, so words can’t penetrate me, people are shooting bullets at me and they just bounce off my armour.
‘I see past the words spitting venom, I actually feel sorry for them and all the negative influences they have created for themselves.
‘The truth is that I am important to them, otherwise they wouldn’t bother.’
Much of the online anger directed at Aitchison targeted her tattoos.
‘I live in art – my body is adorned in tattoo art and you know, about 90 per cent of them are direct writings of my life, it’s like a journal entry except on my skin,’ she said.
Among Aitchison’s tattoos is a piece on her arm commemorating the 2011 Christchurch earthquake which killed 185 people.
Aitchison lived by the words inked on her chest: ‘to be great is to be misunderstood.’
She is due to appear in court for a hearing on April 18.
Jessica Aitchison and Reece Mobbs will be back in the Downing Centre in April for a hearing
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