Naomi Campbell may have lied under oath after Mia Farrow gave testimony that contradicted the supermodel's, but don't expect her to get into trouble for it.
A law professor at Fordham University says Naomi most likely won't be charged with perjury, which if convicted she would receive a $500 fine and/or 2 years in prison, because "they've got bigger fish to fry."
Daniel Arshack, a lawyer who has had cases in The Hague, agrees. Arshack believes Campbell was "clearly not comfortable with receiving these things of value from Charles Taylor".
A very professional looking Naomi Campbell took the stand today in the Netherlands to testify in the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor.
Naomi, who said she wanted nothing to do with the trial out of fear for her family's safety, finally set the record straight about the blood diamonds she allegedly received from the former Liberian president back in 1997.
In her testimony, the supermodel said she received a bag of "dirty rocks" from two men who knocked on her door late at night. She told the court:
"They said, 'A gift for you,' and then gave me a pouch … I took it, said, 'Thank you,' and closed the door. There was no explanation, no note. When they gave me the pouch I just put it close to my bed and went back to bed."
It wasn't until the next morning that she opened the pouch and saw a few "dirty-looking stones", but she didn't keep them. Naomi explained she gave them to a colleague and told him to "do something good with them" like donating them to charity. The man never did do anything with them and still has the pouch of diamonds today.
At the end of her testimony the prosecutor accused the supermodel of lying when she asked "Isn't it correct that your account today isn't entirely truthful?".
Naomi responded with "No, that's not correct."
What's inneresting is Campbell said she had never heard of the term blood diamond before, which makes us wonder: why would she give the pouch to someone if she thought they were just dirty rocks???
When Naomi Campbell testifies at the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, she's making sure her appearance is on the DL and is going to great lengths to get her privacy.
On top of heightened security, Naomi has enlisted the help of Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, who has asked the public, media and member of the court to:
"not follow, photograph, video record or sketch Miss Campbell's transit to the court within the Netherlands and that the government of the Netherlands be respectfully invited to assist in the enforcement of this protective measure."
Macdonald has also requested "names and addresses of every court member to receive any information from Campbell so he can warn them of the security procedures."
What a nightmare!
These type of arrangements are standard practice when protecting the identities of witnesses or victims of war. Last time we checked Naomi only received some diamonds, allegedly, so why the special treatment???