The Special Court for Sierra Leone has finally proven that there is a force more powerful than Naomi Campbell: international law.
Earlier today the court granted a request from prosecutors to call the supermodel as well as actresses Mia Farrow and Carol White to testify in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor. The Associated Press reports that “the prosecution hopes the women’s testimony will support its claims that Taylor dealt in ‘blood diamonds’ when he supported rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war.”
Taylor denies this claim, but Campbell’s testimony could easily prove or disprove it. Taylor is said to have given Campbell a large diamond when she visited South Africa in 1997. If it’s true, her testimony would provide “direct evidence of the accused’s possession of rough diamonds from a witness unrelated to the Liberian or Sierra Leone conflicts,” the AP says. Taylor has tried to prevent this testimony from being admitted. For her part, Campbell has refused to talk about the matter, sometimes violently, in the recent past.
But now, she’ll be forced to talk about it — and to tell the truth. And if Oprah couldn’t get it out of her, we bet she’s hiding something embarrassing or totally incriminating.