Former Playboy model Victoria Bonya, 37, who is a Russian model and TV presenter stated that she was held at the Los Angeles airport in the US on suspicion of being a spy.
She was questioned by the officers who asked her about Russian president Vladimir Putin and took her aside after finding a business card in her luggage of a company that manufactures hidden video cameras.
“I thought I was going down and they would deport me.” Bonya said: “Instead of asking some real questions the officer decided to talk about our president. Finding out everything about my position, he started talking about the KGB.’
Bonya, who has recently separated from son of Irish businessman Alex Smurfit, had her luggage scanned when she was detained.
Bonya, who lives in Monte Carlo in Monaco said that officials began grilling her, asking her if she was a member of the secret services. “I started laughing, as I really thought it was a joke, until they asked me the same thing for a third time,” she added.
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Bonya claims she finally managed to get away after she showed the officers her social media accounts.
She has 1.9 million followers on Twitter and nearly five million followers on Instagram.
The model and presenter shared the story online and her followers replied with their own experiences of the US customs service.
Some of the replies were jokes that the officers wanted to spend some time with a woman as beautiful as her. One replied saying: “You look like a Bond girl, that is the reason for these questions.”
Another follower said: “I don’t think it was real. They have all gone mad in the States. Take it easy, girl.”
Bonya originally hails from the town of Krasnokamensk in eastern Russia’s Zabaykalsky Krai region.
At the age of 16, she moved to Moscow and worked as a waitress. Her big break was starring in Russia’s best-known reality TV show, Dom-2.
Bonya has gone on to have a successful career as a model, actress and TV presenter.