Naomi Campbell‘s track record doesn’t really hold her in good standing. She’s accused of ‘channeling her rage’, to put it politely, on to anyone who dares cross her. This includes Naomi’s two assistants and a housekeeper, the paps, her driver, and television reporters. Throw in some dubious biz involving Naomi and a blood diamond and we’ve got it almost covered. Because with the supermodel, the hits keep coming.
This latest brouhaha doesn’t deal with Campbell beating down on someone. It’s to do with her other alter ego – that are-you-kidding-me diva. The one that has her in all those crazy feuds with models. The ego that rivals the size of that blood diamond that’s getting her into trouble. Miz Naomi refused to walk up a set of stairs, hence she canned an appearance that was necessary to promote her perfume line. In a filed affidavit, her former agent Carole White said the supermodel swanned out of a televised awards show in Australia after finding out the elevator was broken and she’d have to walk up two flights of steps. White stated, “Her failure to show was not only embarrassing, but caused friction with [the] Wella [perfume] people in Australia.”
It get’s worse…White’s co-director at the Moodform Mission, Chris Owen, said Campbell was a nightmare traveling companion on the promo- tour. Not only was she constantly late for meetings, but she once tried to attack him with a bottle. BTW, Moodform is that company that’s suing Campbell for backing out of their 12-year-old perfume deal.
But if Naomi’s going down, she’s going down swinging. In court documents Campbell has said that she treated White like ”a surrogate mother,” and that she’d sign whatever White put in front of her without reading it. Apparently that’s how she got stuck with a deal that she didn’t have information about. So now, she’s counter-suing, saying that Moodform got money it wasn’t entitled to, and that White concealed her role in the company. Her spokeswoman has said, “Ms. Campbell is shocked and outraged by the false allegations made by her former agent and cohorts . . . who have made a fortune off of her.”
White’s lawyer, Daniel Bright, has asked the judge to throw the case out. In response, he’s written, “The human element that brings the parties before the court is clear: greed, ingratitude and a grotesque sense of entitlement on the part of Campbell that, in her mind, justifies her doing anything she wants to do, including stealing her business partners’ money and then lying about what happened.” However this goes down, we’re going to tell Naomi what we always tell her… don’t hit anybody.
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