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Campbell ex-agent accused of lying

Naomi Campbell's former agent has been accused of lying when she claimed the supermodel knowingly received "blood diamonds" from former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

Carole White repeatedly denied making up her account of what happened at a September 1997 party hosted by Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa.

Campbell insisted she did not know who gave her a gift of diamonds after the gathering - but her ex-agent and actress Mia Farrow have both contradicted her claim.

White yesterday told the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague that Naomi was flirting with Taylor at the dinner and he said he would give the model some diamonds. Taylor's defence lawyer, Courtenay Griffiths QC, today suggested that her evidence was a "figment of her imagination".

Mr Griffiths repeatedly quizzed Ms White about a witness statement in which she said she heard Taylor promising to give Campbell the diamonds at the dinner table. She admitted today that she did not hear him say he would make the gift. "He nodded that he was going to send her diamonds. I didn't hear the words, I don't recall them," she said.

Mr Griffiths said: "The bottom line is, you made this up."

Ms White replied: "I did not make it up."

Ms White is suing Campbell for breach of contract, claiming that the model owes her about 600,000 US dollars (£375,935) in lost earnings over the past two years.

Ending his cross-examination, Mr Griffiths said: "Quite frankly, Miss White, I suggest that your account is a complete pack of lies, and you have made it up in order to assist in your lawsuit against Miss Campbell."

Ms White replied: "I can categorically tell you, your honour, it is not a lie. This happened."

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