"Survivor: Fiji" contestant Michelle Yi was reportedly beaten and stabbed by a homeless woman in Santa Monica, California, on Thursday morning while preparing for an early morning pilates class.
People magazine said the assailant attacked two people before setting her sights on the reality TV star at 6 a.m.
Michelle, who survived the Oct. 19 attack, told the mag that she arrived for a pilates class, which she teaches, and noticed a disheveled woman approaching the door of the studio.
"She was yelling all sorts of things like, 'You stole my identity' and 'You're a prostitute,'" Michelle said. "Santa Monica has a homeless problem, and I've dealt with this type of thing before. So I told her, 'Ma'am, you can't be here. You need to leave.'"
Rather than leaving, the woman lunged at Michelle with a knife in one hand and a metal baton in the other.
"She stabbed me in the left bicep," Michelle said. "And then she hit me on the right hand with the baton. My Apple Watch shattered."
The woman also hit her in the head with the baton. "My face split open, blood was everywhere," Michelle said.
The homeless woman ran off immediately after the incident but didn't leave the area. Meanwhile, Michelle and one student flagged down a police officer who was patrolling the area after they were unable to get help via 911. Officers quickly noticed the attacker near the scene and arrested her.
Michelle, meanwhile, received stitches to her face at a local hospital, but no bones were broken.
"I can't say why she attacked me, of all people," Michelle said. "But she was a white lady who attacked three people that morning. Another victim was an elderly Asian man who was walking his dog, and the third was also a person of color. I can't prove whether it was racially motivated or not, but she was screaming all sorts of awful things at me. The facts are what they are."
Michelle was a fan favorite on "Survivor: Fiji" in 2006.