RAMLE, Israel (Reuters) - An Israeli travel agent on Tuesday denied raping 19-year-old Miss World, Israeli model Lior Abargil, telling reporters: "I didn`t do this dirty thing". A court in Ramle, central Israel, ordered that Shlomo Nour, 43, be held until January 31 pending a police inquiry into the suspected rape outside Milan, Italy, on October 6. Nour, arrested at Tel Aviv airport on his return home this month, told reporters on Tuesday: "I came to Israel on my own initiative and no one urged me not to come to Israel. "I didn`t do this dirty thing. I didn`t do this disgusting thing, and I am an innocent man," Nour told reporters at the start of the magistrates` court hearing. Abargil, who won the Miss World crown in November, alleges the Egyptian-born Israeli raped her at knifepoint in his car after offering to drive her to Rome for a flight home. Nour`s attorney quoted him as saying they had consensual sex in Nour`s Milan apartment. Israeli police said last week they were preparing an indictment. A media and communications student who also holds the Miss Israel title, Abargil won the international crown seven weeks after the alleged rape, defeating 85 other contestants. In a statement last week Abargil said she hoped to serve as an example to other assaulted women and to encourage them to face the issue even at the price of public exposure. Foreign newspaper reports have said Miss World organisers had no knowledge of her alleged ordeal before this year`s pageant in the Seychelles.