Naomi May Be Subpoenaed In Blood Diamond Case
Naomi Campell just doesn’t seem to be able to stay out of trouble. The supermodel, who has been the center of many a scandal due to her infamous bad-itude, now seems to have found herself in even deeper water.
We previously reported that Naomi may had been involved in a less than kosher diamond transaction back in 1997. According to the AFP, war crimes prosecutors have repeatedly asked Ms. Campbell to testify against Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, who allegedly gifted the model a large “blood diamond” after dining at Nelson Mandela’s home.
Other involved parties include Naomi’s former agent Carole White, and actress Mia Farrow.
“[Naomi] told us… she had been awakened in the night by a knocking at her door. She opened the door to find two or three men…who presented her with a large diamond which they said was from Charles Taylor,” Mia Farrow said.
Both White and Farrow have agreed to testify, while Naomi appears to be less than cooperative. Surprise, surprise.
Despite Farrow’s absolute certainty of what happened, Naomi has refused to admit she ever received the diamond. And don’t you dare push her on this one; she will punch your camera.
The prosecution emphasized how important the evidence the model could provide would be to the case, that she could help prove Taylor “used rough diamonds for personal enrichment and arms purchases for Sierra Leone.” But the supermodel told Oprah that safety concerns for both herself and her family were behind her tight-lipped stance.
Now, it appears that prosecutors may subpoena Campbell, which would mean that her failure to not show up in court would be considered a crime in itself. Maybe the threat of a subpoena will knock some sense into her.
Rebels, blood diamonds, illegal weapons; this scandal is more than you bargained for, Naomi. Charles Taylor has been accused of more than giving a super model a shady gift. His actions have supported Sierra Leon’s rebel army, the Revolutionary United Front, responsible for an estimated 120,000 lives.
We understand the need to protect your pretty face, Ms. Campbell, but we ask you — for lack of a better term — to suck it up and get your firm bum to court, before someone makes you. No need to make the courts waste handcuffs and energy dragging you to court. If you can throw a cell phone at an assistant and chuck and punch a video camera to the ground, we have no doubt you can sit down for an interview that could help put away a criminal.
[via Yahoo! News]