Naomi Campbell just won’t co-operate. The leggy supermodel is refusing to testify at the war crimes trial of the former Liberian potente Charles Taylor. The issue? It’s all about a huge, uncut “blood diamond” Taylor allegedly gave her in South Africa in 1997.
Brian Ross reported that the warlord, Campbell and Mia Farrow were Nelson Mandela‘s overnight guests. Farrow has tirelessly campaigned to highlight Taylor’s diamond-injected reign of terror and violence in Sierra Leone.
Farrow tells Ross, “Naomi Campbell came down . . . she said during the night some men had knocked on her door and she, half-asleep, had opened the door and it was representatives of President Charles Taylor and that they had given her a huge diamond. And we were like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ ” Ross furthur adds, “Prosecutors say Taylor was in South Africa . . . to buy weapons for the Sierra Leone rebels with blood diamonds and that Mia Farrow’s information about Campbell helps tie him to the purchase.”
The supermodel ain’t talking though. At a recent Fashion Week appearance to raise money for Haiti, Campbell retorted, “I didn’t receive a diamond and I’m not going to speak about that.” In true Campbell smack-down style, Naomi ended the interview by slamming the camera to the floor.