Russian Playboy model 'is held at an American airport on suspicion of being a SPY'
- Victoria Bonya said she was questioned by officers at an airport in Los Angeles
- She claims officers asked her about Russian President Putin and the KGB
- The model said she was released after showing her social media accounts
Published: 11:14 BST, 5 March 2017 | Updated: 11:15 BST, 6 March 2017
A Russian model and TV presenter has claimed she was held at an airport in America on suspicion of being a spy.
Former Playboy model Victoria Bonya, 37, said she was questioned by officers at an airport in Los Angeles.
She added the officers asked her about Russian president Vladimir Putin and took her aside after they found a business card for a company that produces hidden video cameras in her luggage.
Former Playboy model Victoria Bonya has claimed she was questioned by officers at an airport in LA, America
She said she was taken aside by officers after they found a business card for a company that produces hidden video cameras in her luggage
Ms Bonya said she was terrified she was going to be deported after the officials found the card
Ms Bonya said: 'That was a real blow. I thought I was going down and they would deport me.
'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.'
Ms Bonya, who has recently announced her separation from the son of Irish businessman Alex Smurfit, had her luggage scanned when she was detained.
Miss Bonya is known for her television presenting and model career, but also has millions of followers on social media
Her Instagram page regularly features images of her jet-setting lifestyle and modelling shots
Here she is photographed doing a head stand while on a beach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Officials began grilling the blonde bombshell, asking if she was a member of the secret services.
Ms Bonya, who is based in Monte Carlo in Monaco, added: 'I started laughing, as I really thought it was a joke, until they asked me the same thing for a third time.'
But Ms Bonya claims she finally managed to get away after she showed the officers her social media accounts.
She has 1.9million followers on Twitter and nearly five million followers on Instagram.
The presenter shared the story online and her followers responded with their own experiences of the US customs service.
Ms Bonya, who is based in Monte Carlo in Monaco, claims she finally managed to get away after she showed the officers her social media accounts
The model moved to Moscow at the age of 16 and started working as a waitress. Her big break came when she starred in Russia's best-known reality TV show, Dom-2
The presenter shared the story online and her followers responded with their own experiences of the US customs service
Some joked that the officers simply wanted to spend some time with a woman as beautiful as Ms Bonya.
Netizen 'trulyalya' said: 'You look like a Bond girl, that is the reason for these questions.'
And 'shuvalova-love' added: 'I don't think it was real. They have all gone mad in the States. Take it easy, girl.'
Ms Bonya comes from the town of Krasnokamensk in eastern Russia's Zabaykalsky Krai region.
She moved to Moscow at the age of 16 and started working as a waitress. Her big break came when she starred in Russia's best-known reality TV show, Dom-2.
Ms Bonya has gone on to have a successful career as a model, actress and TV presenter.