Naomi Campbell: "I Will Not Be Held Hostage to My Past"

Celebrity News Mar. 4, 2010 AT 5:56PM
Naomi Campbell: "I Will Not Be Held Hostage to My Past" Credit: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage.com

The driver who accused supermodel Naomi Campbell of assaulting him has decided not to press charges against the 39-year-old model.

Through his lawyer, driver Miodrag Mejdina told the Associated Press that he "got angry and overreacted" and was sorry he called the police.

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On Tuesday, Mejdina told police that Campbell slapped and punched him from behind, causing his head to hit the steering wheel. He said his eye was slightly bruised.

But Mejdina now says, "This whole thing has been blown out of proportion and I apologize to Ms. Campbell for causing that to happen."

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Campbell has had several scraps before: She was busted in 2006 for assaulting her housekeeper with a BlackBerry and served 200 hours of community service in 2008 for assaulting two police officers in London's Heathrow airport.

In a statement to UsMagazine.com, she says: "On Tuesday, March 2nd, I was accused of unacceptable behavior towards a driver in New York. I have worked very hard on correcting my previous wrongdoings and I will not be held hostage to my past. I try to treat everyone with respect and I am pleased the driver has apologized. I would like to put the last few days behind me and move on."

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