OK, so it’s not exactly new news that Naomi Campbell has eventually appeared before the The Hague in the trial of ex-Liberian warlord Charles Taylor for crimes against humanity. You must have fallen off the planet if you missed that. But now the plot thickens. Miss Campbell has changed her story, which isn’t always the most sensible thing to do at The Hague, legally speaking. But having said that, we’d have been hard pushed to accept Naomi’s original story, wouldn’t we? She never received any diamonds from Charles Smith, even though she told other people at the time that she did an reportedly showed them to people.
Well, in a twist, in the most recent court appearance by the 40 year old former supermodel, she doesn’t get any more credible and The Hague lawyers accused her of lying. Why?
First, Miss Campbell shrugged off the gift as nothing special – something she gets all the time. Now even if the spoiled diva is used to receiving gifts, a handful of diamonds probably should still count as significant. Yet, she didn’t recognize these.
“They were dirty-looking pebbles. I’m used to seeing diamonds shiny and in a box. If someone had not said they were diamonds, I would not have known they were diamonds.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but in her situation (maybe mine too) I would think it even stranger to be presented with a gift of dirty pebbles than diamonds. Wouldn’t you?
But Naomi was clueless, apparently, and saw the warlord’s trial for crimes against humanity as none of her business, until she was threatened with jail if she did not testify. Once she took the witness stand, her story changed a little. Having always denied receiving blood diamonds – illegally mined stones from war-zones – she admitted that two men gave her the gems after knocking on her bedroom door after the charity do at Nelson Mandela’s South African mansion in 1997.
She was concerned enough to mention the next morning to fellow house guest Mia Farrow, who made her aware of Charles White’s presence and the likely source of the diamonds. Miss Campbell is then said to have given the stones to a friend – Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund chief Jeremy Ratcliffe – for his charity. However, the fund has denied all knowledge or receipt of the diamonds.
Come on, Naomi – you’ve told us two versions – now tell us the truth… all of it! What happened to the blood diamonds?