He raped her, then hired somebody else to throw acid in her face.
Katie Piper always wanted to be a model since she was very young. She soon grew up into a beautiful, sexy woman—and it was perfect for her dream. Everything was going good for her until she met her ex-boyfriend David Lynch via Facebook in 2008.
Piper attracted many men with her beautiful face and addicting smile, so it was no surprise when Lynch reached out to her on Facebook. Seeing that they had 30 friends in between, and Lynch was really good-looking, she thought that there was no harm in befriending him—a decision she will forever regret.
Lynch, who claimed to be a Mixed Martial Arts expert, had seen Piper whilst she worked as a ring-girl at the fights. Piper, who usually attracted flashy “sleazy” men that wanted her as a “trophy wife”, thought that Lynch might be different. She was dead wrong.
They began seeing each other soon after. Piper claimed Lynch was smart and attractive, and she was drawn more to him. However, things began going weird soon after their first date. According to Piper, Lynch insisted to accompany her to the bathroom on their first date—which she found weird, but brushed it off nevertheless.
However, he started bombarding her with messages whenever they were apart from each other. And it was a week into her relationship when he told her that he loved her and began to open up about his difficult childhood. Though Piper felt sorry for him, her guts told her that something was off.
Lynch began to become aggressive. On one occasion, he became angry when a waiter at a doughnut shop called Piper ‘darling’. That was when Piper decided to end things, just two weeks into the relationship. Lynch seemed to take it calmly, and simply asked her to spend the entire day with him. Piper agreed to do so—but she wasn’t ready for what was about to transpire.
The pair had a lovely dinner together, but in the lift on the way back to the hotel room he turned to Piper and said: “You’re not even all that in the flesh, are you?” Once in the hotel room, Lynch tried to get intimate, but Piper refused. So, instead, Lynch raped her and threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone.
A few days later, Lynch then told Piper to head to a coffee shop in order to read an email he sent her. On the way to coffee shop in north London, Piper noticed a man holding a coffee cup coming her way. Thinking he was going to ask her for money, she reached into her bag for some change. But then the man threw liquid onto her face. Piper experienced an “explosion of agony” as the acid melted her skin!
“I heard a horrible screaming sound, like an animal being slaughtered. Then I realised it was coming from me,” Piper remembers. She was put in an induced coma for 12 days and went through a total of 40 surgical operations. When she saw her face for the first time, she was horrified.
Piper then slowly came to terms with her injuries. “I had the worst injuries the medical team had ever seen,” she recalled. “They sliced away my entire face, removing the dead and burned skin.” In order to try and smooth her skin, Piper wore a plastic mask for 23 hours a day.
Years after the traumatic experience that destroyed her life, Piper is now up and about, raising awareness for those with burns and disfiguring injuries. She also made a stunning recovery with the help of doctors and her husband, Richard Sutton, who she married in 2015. Together they have on daughter and are currently expecting their second child.
Piper’s story has inspired millions across the globe, and it is only just getting started!