Diamonds not a supermodel's best friend

Diamonds not a supermodel's best friend

03 March 2012 By Lawyers Weekly

Who would have thought that the gift of diamonds could result in so much trouble for the recipient?With the "blood diamond" trial against the former Liberian President Charles Taylor continuing,…

Who would have thought that the gift of diamonds could result in so much trouble for the recipient?

With the "blood diamond" trial against the former Liberian President Charles Taylor continuing, Folklaw thought it would be an opportune time to review some of Naomi Campbell's best work in the dock, a place she is almost as familiar with as the catwalk.

Campbell's first brush with the law occurred in 2000, when she was convicted in Toronto of an assault on her then assistant, after she allegedly attacked her with a telephone. She subsequently agreed to attend anger management classes, but in 2005 she allegedly slapped a new assistant and beat her with a Blackberry, giving new meaning to the term "sent from my Blackberry".


This came just after Campbell was awarded damages by the House of Lords after being snapped by an English tabloid attending a Narcotics Anonymous Clinic.

In 2006 she was arrested for assaulting her housekeeper in New York with a jewel encrusted mobile phone and was charged with second degree assault. She was sentenced to five days community service and a refresher on anger management, but a few months before standing trial, was arrested in London on suspicion of assault and released on bail.

By this stage of the game, it was reported that if anyone saw Campbell with a phone in her hand and that steely look in her eye, they would run for the hills.

That was certainly the case for the Boston based firm Sullivan & Worcester. Despite being a cash cow for the firm, she was giving them more work than they could handle, and they dropped her from its books in 2006.

Once more, the anger management classes didn't take, and in 2008 she was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport on suspicion of assaulting a police officer after her bags had been lost.


In March this year, her limo driver filed a report that Campbell had slapped and punched him (there was no phone to be seen), but he chose not to pursue criminal charges.

Despite such an intimate working knowledge of the law and the inside of a court room, Campbell was strangely reluctant to testify before the war crimes trial against Charles Taylor.

At the very least, it was an opportunity to gain more bling, surely?

Campbell said she never knew who gave her the diamonds after a dinner in South Africa in 1997, and hey, they were dirty anyway, unfit for use as an ornament on a phone.

Unfortunately, Woody Allen's ex squeeze and her publicist at the time gave testimony that contradicted Campbell's version of events.

Folklaw eagerly awaits the outcome of the continuing trial.

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