Naomi Campbell is finally speaking out about testifying at Charles Taylor's war crimes trial last month.
The supermodel, who's still pissed about being subpoenaed, thinks the only reason prosecutors wanted her their was to get the case some publicity.
She told Sky News:
What you need to understand - I wasn't on trial - I was forced through a subpoena to testify. Nothing to do with me. This trial has been going on for how many years? No one cared to write about it. You bring Naomi Campbell to the stand, the whole world knows. So as far as I was concerned I was used as a scapegoat.
Naomi said she doesn't condone what the former Liberian president did, but added:
"I do not see why I have to sit here and hear around everywhere I go in the world that this was like my trial. I was a witness. I told and remembered what I could to my ability and it was 13 years ago."
Oh cry us a river.
If she just agreed to go in the first place without being summoned, it probably wouldn't have been that big of deal.
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Naomi Campbell and her agent have released a statement after Mia Farrow and former agent Carole White gave testimonies at the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor that contradicted what the supermodel told the court last week.
In her statement Campbell said:
I've no motive here. Nothing to gain. I am a black woman who has and will always support good causes especially relating to Africa. I've never taken any of the jobs offered to me, over my 25 years as a model, from companies that were for apartheid in South Africa.
Her agent at The Outside Organisation also commented on Naomi telling the court it was "inconvenient" for her to be there, saying:
"Campbell accepts the use of the word 'inconvenient' was a poor choice of word but it was made off the cuff and was taken massively out of context. It was in relation to a nonsensical question as to whether or not she was nervous appearing in court!
Campbell had explained that she had fears for her family having read about Taylor's alleged crimes on the internet, hence her initial reticence in appearing. Regardless of people's recollections it's indisputable and has been confirmed by all witnesses concerned that Naomi handed over the diamonds at the first possible opportunity for the benefit of a South African children's charity."
And there you have it.
Do U think Naomi lied under oath???
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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".
Lucky break, Naomi.
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Once a diva, always a diva.
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???
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