When we see a headline that reads “War crimes court agrees to call Naomi Campbell” on no less than the BBC website, how could we not think the worst? We’ve always regarded throwing phones and having tantrums as a bit undignified, but is it now a serious enough offense to qualify one as a war criminal?
Luckily it’s not that serious for La Campbell, though the situation is pretty grubby, to say the least. Prosecutors in the case against former Liberian president Charles Taylor say the supermodel was given a “blood diamond” as a gift by the president while at a dinner at Nelson Mandela’s house in South Africa in 1997. Taylor is accused of using such diamonds to fund a brutal and lengthy insurgency in Sierra Leone. He is under arrest and the case is being tried in the Netherlands.
Campbell has previously refused to give prosecutors her testimony, but evidence from actress Mia Farrow suggests she is involved. Farrow has said Campbell told her about the diamond the next day, saying she had been visited by Taylor’s people, who gave her a “huge” uncut diamond. Summon the model, we expect fireworks.
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