ABOVE: TOWIE star Lauren Pope was the victim of a vicious attack
My tongue is swollen and black because I bit it when he smacked me.
TOWIE star Lauren Pope
TOWIE babe Lauren Pope was left battered and bruised when a thug punched her in the face in an unprovoked attack.
She had just finished filming for The Only Way Is Essex in Marbella, Spain, when the yob attacked.
The blow was so violent that Lauren needed emergency dental treatment to replace a tooth.
Revealing her ordeal to the Daily Star Sunday, Lauren, 30, said: “A guy came up and punched me in the face.
“I had to get one veneer replaced and all the inside of my mouth was bruised. My tongue is swollen and black because I bit it when he smacked me.”
Lauren, who was once linked to Prince Harry, 28, had been enjoying a night out at Aqua Mist nightclub last Thursday with fellow stars Chloe Sims, 31, Joey Essex, 22, and James “Diags” Bennewith, 21.
She said: “Diags went in to get our coats. I was waiting with Chloe and Joey when some guy started throwing food at us.
“We asked him what he was doing and he came over and started laughing. I told him to go away and he punched me in the face.”
Lauren, who did not report the attack to police, said : “It’s scary…You have no idea what people are capable of.”
Fans of the ITV2 show will not see the incident as there were no cameras present and it will not be referred to on screen.