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.
Trouble comes in spades it seems. Lindsay Lohan has been named a suspect in the theft of a $35,000 Rolex watch. Apparently, the watch in question belongs to one of Lohan’s “friends.” The story goes that it was “accidentally” left at the actress’s house earlier this year, and has never got it back. Sources say that police have obtained photographic evidence which could prove Lindsay knows exactly where the Rolex went, and went to her house earlier this week to question Lohan. She denied any involvement in the theft.
Lindsay is no stranger to drama (er, obviously) and has been accused of having sticky fingers in the past. She was suspected (and later cleared) of snagging $400,000 of jewels from an Elle magazine shoot and allegedly lost $2 million worth of diamonds belonging to the store XIV Karats last year.
No arrests have been made so far and Lohan’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley says, “The allegations are completely untrue.” It’s been a rough week for Lohan what with her father, Michael Lohan, storming her house with cops from the L.A County Sheriff’s department to check up on Ali Lohan’s (Lindsay’s sister) welfare. We’re sure we’re going to hear more on Lindsay’s Twitter!
Los Angeles coroners have determined that no drugs were involved in the cause of death of Marie Osmond‘s 18-year-old son Michael Bryan. The autopsy findings confirm that he passed away from “multiple blunt trauma’ after jumping from the eight floor of his L.A apartment. Bryan has struggled with substance abuse as well as depression, entering rehab in 2007. The official conclusion has been ruled as a suicide with no drugs or alcohol playing their part in the teens fall.
While the college student had left a suicide note, the coroner’s office wanted toxicology results before making the announcement. Bryan was one of five children that Osmond and her ex-husband adopted.
Supermodel Paulina Porizkova had some choice words to say about fellow plastic surgery patients Heidi Montag, Madonna and Kate Hudson, in a blog post she wrote for Modelinia.com.
Apart from calling The Hills star a “cheap plastic pool float,” she had this to say about Madge, “Madonna no longer looks like Madonna: what started as a sexy, well-shaped, and somewhat hairy Italian girl has ended as a cool Nordic blonde . . . she is starting to sort of melt away into the stew of the famous women over-fifty-high-cheek- boned blondes-who-cannot-frown.”
As for Kate Hudson, who is rumored to recently have gone for breast implants, Porizkova had this to say, ” She just looks like any California blond actress. Instead of enhancing, she has diminished herself.”
Ouch. We know Spencer Pratt will have something to say about Paulina’s comments, but will any of the ladies respond with their own insults aimed at the fomer supermodel?
Lil Wayne is currently in jail, where he’s serving a one-year sentence for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. The good news is that he’s expected to be released after eight months if he serves with good behavior (which hopefully mean 8 months until The Carter IV). The bad news is that that jailbird rapper has been hit with $500,000-plus suit by Jim Jonsin, the producer of his Grammy-winning song “Lollipop.”
Jonsin claims that the star hasn’t coughed up any of the royalties owed to producer for his work on the hit song. Wayne’s already in jail; it’d be wise to pay up before more trouble comes his way. Stay tuned for more of the legal drama.
It’s finally going down! While Tiger Woods is partying at Nickelback concerts in Orlando, Florida, Elin‘s in Stockholm, Sweden remodeling her home so it’s ready for her kids. An insider source says, “It’s a 100% happening. Elin and her Mom met with a lawyer before they went to Sweden.” And that wasn’t all that was said. The source went on to reveal, “Elin and the kids are out there visiting with [Elin’s] family in Stockholm. She is definitely planning on spending a lot of time there — they are gutting it. She and the kids are going to be spending most of the summer there. Without Tiger.”
About the divorce itself, the word was, “It’s going to take a long time to go through. [But] she will go through with it. She is all about being a mom. She will do it slowly and carefully.” It’s about time Elin took some action and made Tiger squirm.
Kal Penn, aka Kumar of “Harold and Kumar” and “House” fame, was robbed at gunpoint early last morning in Washington D.C. Penn says a man carrying a gun stole his wallet and other personal property. The latter included two cell phones, one of which belongs to U.S Government. Penn will be leaving his position as the Assistant Director of the White House Office for Public Engagement under the Obama administration to return to his acting career.
But since he’s still part of the staff and has a government issued mobile, the Secret Service is joining the D.C. Metro Police Department to catch the crook. Penn apparently contacted White House communications who stopped service on the phone immediately and got him a new phone. No official numbers were on the stolen device so top secret information hasn’t been compromised. One question: How dumb is this thief? He totally picked the wrong guy to mug!
Her album sales might not be doing too well, but Mrs. Nick Cannon’s backstage do’s and dont’s reveal that she’s still a ginormous diva. Remember how Mariah Carey demanded 20 white kittens and a hundred white doves for an appearance at a London Christmas party? And let’s not forget that a few years ago Mariah’s tour rider stipulated Cristal champagne, a box of bendy straws and a tea service using only Poland Spring water. Of course, she also required a spread with danishes, doughnuts, bagels, croissants and cream cheese.
Now, she’s upped the ante but trimmed the details. No champagne and carbs anymore. In their place, her rider demands chilled Chardonnay, vanilla protein shakes, iced tea, a veggie platter and a solitary bottle of Opus One Cabernet Savignon (it doesn’t come cheaply). The diva’s dressing room must also be outfitted with two dozen white roses and vanilla aromatherapy candles, and should be at about 75 degrees. “A lamp or clip light” must be provided because Miz Carey doesn’t do harsh light in her backstage bathroom. That’s not all folks. Her “living room space” can’t have any “busy patterns.” The colors black, dark grey, cream and dark pink cut the mustard, but nothing else will do. Right, because all of that will make her records sell. [Photo: Getty Images]
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He’s got a legendary grandpa, a superstar father and a step-mom who doesn’t do too bad for herself. Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones all wrote letters asking for a lenient jail-sentence for Cameron Douglas in the weeks leading up to his hearing. Looks like the pleas worked, because Judge Richard Berman handed Cameron a five-year jail sentence, instead of a much harsher 10-year stint, for dealing crystal meth. Berman said, “We all need to get over the theme that Cameron Douglas is a victim. Some of the letters reflect a somewhat naive and even misguided viewpoint.” He also warned, “I think this case and this sentencing may well be his last chance to make it.”
Apart from the letters, the judge also noted the eight months Cameron has already spent in jail. He also mentioned that if the troubled rich kid does a drug treatment program behind bars, another year could get shaved off the sentence. Cameron responded, reading from a prepared statement: “Nothing, your honor, is more important to me than my family and the goals that I have set for myself, and I feel adamant that I will not let myself be led astray by my warped thinking and false pretences due to my long heroin addiction.”
Interesingly, Berman also considered that very famous family’s history while doling out his final verdict, calling out “problematic parenting by both his mother and father in the forms of parental absence and distance, parental immaturity and drug and alcohol abuse in the immediate and extended famlies.” Whatever the dynamics may be, we’d say – stay strong Cameron. You ‘ll be out in no time. But third chances are hard to come by — even for kids of Hollywood’s elite. [Photo: Getty Images]