Turkish popstar sues famous actor over domestic violence
Sıla (L) and Ahmet Kural were united with a romantic dinner only three weeks ago after a 10-month separation in their stormy relationship
Sıla filed a criminal complaint in Istanbul against her boyfriend Kural alleging that the man had battered her and dragged her on the ground. She also claimed that Kural had banged her head against the wall.
Her lawyer said they appealed to a family court and the court ruled for a restraining order for a period of three months against Kural.
According to media reports, in her account of the incident that took place on Oct. 29 at the man’s house, she was subjected to heavy physical assault. Sıla claimed that Kural dragged her on the floor. She tried to escape but the man caught her and hit the singer in the head with an ashtray, she also alleged.
“He verbally insulted me. This whole attack lasted for 45 minutes,” she said.
Sıla said she finally managed to escape. After the incident, she went to a police station and received a police report that documented the attack. The report included the bruises on her body, Sıla said.
Speaking to Kanal D evening news with Buket Aydın, Kural denied allegations, describing them as "ugly claims."
"As I will tell to the prosecutor, I had a brief scuffle with her after we had dinner. I only held her arm. I don't accept any other claim," he said.
Kural's fame had extended beyond Turkey's borders through highly popular TV series including Bir Bulut Olsam (If I were a cloud) and Sıla's albums have been ranking on top spots in leading music streaming platforms since 2016.
Several Turkish celebrities have posted messages on social media in support of Sıla.
“He is a weak man. He used violence against her, just because she did not obey, just because she is beautiful and successful. She will only grow stronger,” said singer Gülben Ergen.
“I will always stand by you,” wrote Demet Akalın, another singer.