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The Melbourne model lifts the lid on her terrifying arrest in America after a nasty battle in the air

‘I was trapped in a cage like an animal’: Melbourne model lifts the lid of her terrifying time in an American prison after a nasty air fight and an argument over a visa

  • Adau Mornyang, 25, has revealed the horrors of prison life in the United States
  • The Sudanese-Australian model has received a four-month prison sentence for visa violation
  • She said she was being treated like an animal and was considering suicide in prison

25-year-old Adau Mornyang (photo) made international headlines after being taken off a flight in 2019

25-year-old Adau Mornyang (photo) made international headlines after being taken off a flight in 2019

A Sudanese-Australian model accused of attacking an air hostess has revealed the traumatic details of her time behind bars.

26-year-old Adau Mornyang was taken off a flight on January 21, 2019 after lashing out at a crew member.

She was sentenced to three years’ probation and 100 hours of community service for the “wine-powered” attack.

But she was locked up again in September after being arrested by immigration and customer enforcers in the US for allegedly violating her visa.

She eventually returned to Australia as a free woman on December 21 after being released from Bergen County Jail in New Jersey, where she spent four months.

Ms. Monyang (photo) revealed how she experienced some of her darkest moments in the United States' penitentiary system

Ms. Monyang (photo) revealed how she experienced some of her darkest moments in the United States' penitentiary system

Ms. Monyang (photo) revealed how she experienced some of her darkest moments in the United States’ penitentiary system

Ms. Monyang has revealed how she experienced some of her darkest moments in the brutal American prison system.

“You’re actually stuck there with your thoughts,” said Mrs. Monyang Herald Sun.

“When you’re in bed at night, you only hear other girls crying, because that’s all you can do. It felt like someone else was crying every day. You have just taken turns.

“They treated me like I was less than a human. Then, after being locked up in a cage like an animal, you are suddenly thrown back into society, like, “Go take care of yourself!”

She was incarcerated with 24 other women in a small unit who were all waiting for an opportunity to plead their case to stay in the United States.

The Miss World Australia finalist revealed that in those difficult times she was considering suicide, but she could stay strong with the support of the other women.

The model (photo) was imprisoned with 24 other women in a small unit who were all waiting for an opportunity to plead their case to stay in the United States

The model (photo) was imprisoned with 24 other women in a small unit who were all waiting for an opportunity to plead their case to stay in the United States

The model (photo) was imprisoned with 24 other women in a small unit who were all waiting for an opportunity to plead their case to stay in the United States

She said her daily life was boring and repetitive – with bland meals, cleaning and other minor tasks.

But the thought of returning home to Australia and telling her story gave her hope.

Since her deportation, she has signed up with Duval Agency in Brunswick, Melbourne.

She has big plans for her return, including reconnecting with her birth mother in Sudan, finishing her studies, and teaching modeling for underprivileged young women.

A Los Angeles court heard the model ordered “ several glasses of wine ” on the 2019 United Airlines flight during her mid-flight ride.

The Miss World Australia finalist (pictured) revealed that in those difficult times, she was considering suicide, but she could stay strong with the support of the other women

The Miss World Australia finalist (pictured) revealed that in those difficult times, she was considering suicide, but she could stay strong with the support of the other women

The Miss World Australia finalist (pictured) revealed that in those difficult times, she was considering suicide, but she could stay strong with the support of the other women

Then she was cut off from drinking more, heard the court, shouted obscenities and racist comments, beat the flight attendant and had to be handcuffed by an air marshal and held at the back of the plane.

The court heard that passengers began to complain about Mrs. Mornyang’s “erratic behavior” about eight hours after the flight, and when flight attendant Romeo Gutierrez tried to calm her down, she put her left index finger near his face and “slapped suddenly.

An air marshal took her to the back of the plane and put on her handcuffs.

The judge noted that Mornyang was allowed to use the bathroom about two hours before the plane landed in LA, but she stayed indoors for 45 minutes and didn’t want to leave.

The marshals had to carry her outside and “while holding her arms and legs, she reportedly kicked” one of the marshals in the chest, the court heard.

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