Glamour model bit part of woman's EAR OFF after being caught using mobile behind the wheel
Chloe Hammond, 27, lunged at 56-year-old Julie Holloway before biting down on her ear “like a dog with a chew toy.”
Hammond – also known as Chloe Rebelle – flew into a rage after Ms Holloway tapped on her window to remonstrate with her for chatting on the phone in her Audi TT while in slow-moving traffic.
She parked her silver convertible nearby before returning to kick Ms Holloway in the stomach, causing her to double over.
Hammond then grabbed Ms Holloway's hair and bit into her ear as the victim's horrified friends Michael Gallego and Stephen Vernon looked on.
Ms Holloway, who was crossing the road from the Walkabout bar to a Soul Boat party, did not realise part of her ear was missing “until someone picked it up off the floor”.
It was chaos at the time, because my ear was on the floor
She wept as she explained from behind screens how she has since undergone reconstructive surgery following the incident the Embankment alongside the River Thames in London which was captured on CCTV and mobile phones on March 19.
Hammond – who sports tattoos of roses on her right arm as well as wings across her chest – was contacted by police after her car was traced through roadside CCTV.
Giving evidence, she insisted she acted in self-defence and offered to take a lie detector test to prove her honesty.
But a jury of ten women and two men at Southwark Crown Court took just 90 minutes to convict Hammond of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
She had already admitted a lesser alternative of unlawful wounding prior to the trial but that plea was not accepted by the prosecution.
Chloe bit her victim's ear 'like a dog with a chew toy'
Judge Philip Bartle remanded the model into custody ahead of her sentencing which he warned could be more than 12 years in prison.
He told her: “If this is category one, the starting point is 12 years' imprisonment. If it is category two, the starting point is six years.
“I can think of no conceivable outcome that will not result in an immediate, long custodial sentence.”
When Hammond's barrister, Helen Jones, asked for her to be bailed to get her affairs in order ahead of sentence, the judge said: “She's had time to get her affairs in order.”
Hammond sat stony-faced as the verdict was read out but burst into tears and sobbed loudly as she was led to the cells.
Hammond insisted she acted in self-defence
Ms Holloway told the court she was verbally abused by Hammond before she “came out of nowhere” and kicked her in the stomach.
“I do recall coming forward and then the next thing I know, she grabbed both sides of my head and then she lunged into my ear,” she said.
“I felt her bite my ear. I couldn't get her off me because she just lunged on to my ear.”
She said she was in such shock she did not initially notice when Hammond escaped.
“It was chaos at the time, because my ear was on the floor. I didn't know what had really happened to me at the time. I didn't grasp what had actually happened.
“There was blood all over me, there was blood all over one of the girls and I just didn't know that my ear had gone missing as such until someone picked it up off the floor. It's quite disturbing to say the least.”
Hammond sat stony-faced as the verdict was read out but burst into tears
Hammond drove off but voluntarily attended an interview at Charing Cross Police Station two days later.
Jurors heard she accused Ms Holloway of “banging” on her vehicle causing dents as well as calling her a “Botox bitch.”
Giving evidence, Hammond claimed to have “blacked out” during the skirmish and did not even realise an ear had been bitten.
She said: “In fact I was self-defending myself, someone grabbed my breast and that was enough for me. I did not want to fight, I wanted to walk away.
“I do not accept lying because I was telling the full honest truth. I accept what happened but I do not accept I intended to do this to Julie.”
Hammond, of Rayleigh, Essex, denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent but was convicted by the jury.
She was remanded in custody ahead of sentence at Southwark Crown Court on 23 November.
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