Naomi Campbell Throws Another Punch, Denies Link to Dictator

Celebrity News Apr. 22, 2010 AT 9:43AM
Naomi Campbell Throws Another Punch, Denies Link to Dictator Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Naomi Campbell's violent outbursts are truly going global.

The supermodel threw a punch at an ABC News camera and stormed out of a heated interview over an international controversy involving "blood diamonds," deposed African despot Charles Taylor and crimes against humanity.

Campbell has been accused of receiving a "huge," uncut "blood diamond" from the dictator; she denied the allegation and has also refused to cooperate in Taylor's international trial for crimes against humanity.

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"I didn't receive a blood diamond and I'm not going to speak about that," Campbell spat angrily before storming off and punching the camera in the producer's hands.

Prosecutors in the Hague in the Netherlands told ABC that Campbell has refused to be interviewed by the Special Court of Sierra Leone, which says Taylor (Liberia's former president) killed and amputated thousands of people in Sierra Leone between 1997 and 2001.

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"The diamonds made possible the continuation of the conflict," a prosecutor in the case explained. Prosecutors charge that Taylor purchased weapons for his vicious soldiers  by using the "blood diamonds" as currency.

Campbell's involvement with Taylor was first pointed out by actress Mia Farrow, who told ABC News that the model bragged of receiving a "huge diamond" from Taylor. A lawyer for Campbell had no comment to ABC News.

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Campbell lashed out at a limo driver in NYC last month, but no charges were filed.  In 2008 she pled guilty to attacking two police officers at London's Heathrow Airport; a year earlier, she was sentenced to community service for throwing a phone at a maid; in 2005, an assistant accused her of slapping her and beating her with a BlackBerry. In 2000, she pled guilty to a 1998 case involving an old assistant -- who claimed Campbell assaulted her with a telephone and threatened to throw her out of a moving car.

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