Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Campbell's ex-agent denies lying

Naomi Campbell's former agent Carole White says the model knew about the 'blood diamonds'

Naomi Campbell's former agent has been accused of lying after claiming 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.

On Monday Ms White told the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, the Netherlands, that Campbell was flirting with Taylor at the dinner and he said he would give the model some diamonds.

On Tuesday Taylor's defence lawyer, Courtenay Griffiths QC, suggested that her evidence was a "figment of her imagination". She denied this.

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 on Tuesday that she did not hear him say he would make the gift saying: "He nodded that he was going to send her diamonds. I didn't hear the words, I don't recall them.

"When Naomi Campbell leaned back to tell me that Charles Taylor was going to send her diamonds, he was in agreement. I don't recall the conversation word for word."

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

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

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