A woman who had acid thrown in her face while live-streaming outside a Sydney restaurant, would engage in “battles” on TikTok in order to make money.
A woman who had acid thrown in her face as she was exiting a Sydney restaurant would spend hours live-streaming on TikTok and “battling” other users in order to make money.
Jenny Elhassan, 32, was live-streaming when she was doused in acid on Friday night after being set upon by three masked men outside of the Old Town Hong Kong restaurant in Chinatown.
She was treated by paramedics for burns to her right eye, forehead and neck before being rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital.
Ms Elhassan is a popular Australian TikTok creator and likely makes thousands of dollars every week on the social media app through gifts and tips from her followers.
The 32-year-old has been dedicated to growing her online following, often streaming for hours each day and even participating in bizarre “battles” with other big TikTok creators.
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A ‘battle’, also referred to as ‘PK’ or ‘player knockout’, is a real-time competition between streamers.
The winner is decided by the viewers and whoever earns the most gifts is victorious.
What these users choose to do during the battle varies.
Some streamers may choose to have singing competitions, dance-offs, rap battles or who can do the most push ups.
Basically, users can pretty much battle over anything, and it is a great way for streamers to get a bunch of tips from their viewers.
TikTok’s new tip feature went live in Australia early this year, meaning viewers can show gratitude to creators by sending them money.
The creators receive 100 per cent of the tip value, but the one giving the tip incurs a small fee through Stripe, TikTok’s payment service.
To be eligible to receive tips, creators must be over the age of 18, have at least 100,000 followers, 1000 video views in the past 30 days and three posts in that same period.
TikTok also has a Live Gifts feature, which lets users award creators gifts during live streams.
These ‘gifts’ come in the form of a range of different symbols and can be redeemed by creators for cash.
Each gift represents a different dollar amount. For example, a panda gift is worth five coins but a drama queen gift is worth five thousands coins.
Users can then trade these virtual coins for virtual diamonds, when can then be turned into real money using PayPal or another secure payment method.
So, the more creators battle, live stream and film videos, the more money they can earn through the app.
TikTok user asked ominous question before attack
During her live stream on Friday night, Ms Elhassan was asked a series of ominous questions from a fake account just moments before she was attacked.
She was live streaming when three men allegedly jumped out of a vehicle, with one of them throwing an unknown substance, believed to be acid, at her.
The men got back into the car and drove off while Ms Elhassan was filmed frantically asking for help.
“Water … I can’t see … I can’t breathe … give me mouth to mouth,” she screamed out to her sister Alia in the seconds after the alleged attack.
In a recent video, Ms Elhassan recalled how she had received a number of questions about her location prior to the attack.
“I still remember when I was live streaming there was someone in my comments, a fake account, that was asking me where I was. They were persistent to know where I was,” she revealed.
“They were also asking me why I had my sunglasses on indoors and they were telling me to take my sunglasses off and I said no to them.
“Now that this has unfolded I am understanding the whole situation.”
Ms Elhassan said she was “blessed” to have been wearing sunglasses at the time of the attack, or the injuries to her eyes could have been far more severe.
In another video filmed the day of the attack, Ms Elhassan spoke about receiving threatening phone calls.
She ranted about the threats before addressing the person directly.
“Back off, back off I’m not scared of you. I don’t give a f*ck. I’m making sure everything is public. If you wanna come for me come for me,” she said.
In another chilling clip, Ms Elhassan sensationally claimed she had a “bounty” put on her head.
On Monday, The Daily Telegraph reported that police are preparing to speak to Sydney rapper Ali “Ay Huncho” Younes over allegations he may have been involved in the attack.
Ms Elhassan recently criticised the rapper online, but it is believed the pair used to be close.
Mr Younes “vehemently and strenuously denies” any involvement in the incident, his lawyer told the publication.
Despite being clearly shaken by the event, Ms Elhassan has vowed not to let this horrific incident stop her from speaking her mind.
“Whoever did this to me, it’s not going to stop me from lifestreaming, it’s not going to stop me from saying what I want to say, it’s not going to stop me from doing what I want to do,” she said.
“God is big and your karma is coming for you, but you just don’t know it yet.”
She added: “I don’t care how much I mouthed off. I don’t care what I did. There is no excuse to throw acid in a woman’s face.”