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<b>Temper temper</b><br/>
Supermodel Naomi Campbell is possibly as famous for her temper as she is for her beauty. She has had a series of high profile, and sometimes violent, tantrums dubbed the 'Streatham strops', the most notorious of which led to a criminal conviction in 2007 after she got so cross over a lost piece of luggage on a BA flight that she launched a verbal tirade at a BA staff member and later kicked a police officer while wearing a pair of 'formidable platform boots'.<br/>
Well, yesterday the model hit the headlines once again after narrowly avoiding criminal charges in New York for allegedly hitting her chauffeur. The driver told police he was attacked from the back seat and that the blow caused his head to make contact with the steering wheel, but he has since decided not to press charges. A spokesperson for Campbell said: 'There shouldn't be a rush to judgment. Naomi will co-operate voluntarily and there is more to the story than meets the eye."

<b>Temper temper</b><br/> Supermodel Naomi Campbell is possibly as famous for her temper as she is for her beauty. She has had a series of high profile, and sometimes violent, tantrums dubbed the 'Streatham strops', the most notorious of which led to a criminal conviction in 2007 after she got so cross over a lost piece of luggage on a BA flight that she launched a verbal tirade at a BA staff member and later kicked a police officer while wearing a pair of 'formidable platform boots'.<br/> Well, yesterday the model hit the headlines once again after narrowly avoiding criminal charges in New York for allegedly hitting her chauffeur. The driver told police he was attacked from the back seat and that the blow caused his head to make contact with the steering wheel, but he has since decided not to press charges. A spokesperson for Campbell said: 'There shouldn't be a rush to judgment. Naomi will co-operate voluntarily and there is more to the story than meets the eye."

&lt;b&gt;Panto punch-up&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Troubled songstress Amy Winehouse admitted the latest in a string of fracas allegations in mid January, when she pleaded guilty to assaulting a theatre manager during a pantomime. While the incident might sound more like a farce than a panto, the Back To Black singer's performance was far from amusing for the victim. She was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 in costs and £100 compensation. The skirmish follows an incident two years ago when Winehouse was recorded on film appearing to throw a punch at an audience member while she was on stage at Glastonbury music festival.

<b>Panto punch-up</b><br/> Troubled songstress Amy Winehouse admitted the latest in a string of fracas allegations in mid January, when she pleaded guilty to assaulting a theatre manager during a pantomime. While the incident might sound more like a farce than a panto, the Back To Black singer's performance was far from amusing for the victim. She was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 in costs and £100 compensation. The skirmish follows an incident two years ago when Winehouse was recorded on film appearing to throw a punch at an audience member while she was on stage at Glastonbury music festival.

&lt;b&gt;Sibling rivalry&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Noel Gallagher quit indie band Oasis in a rage after a punch-up with brother Liam while backstage at Paris' Rock en Seine festival, according to reports at the time in The Sun and The Mirror. While a statement released then was less forthcoming, it explained away the tour cancellations by saying there had been 'an altercation within the band'. Meanwhile singer Amy Macdonald posted on Twitter: 'Liam smashed Noel's guitar, huuuge fight!'

<b>Sibling rivalry</b><br/> Noel Gallagher quit indie band Oasis in a rage after a punch-up with brother Liam while backstage at Paris' Rock en Seine festival, according to reports at the time in The Sun and The Mirror. While a statement released then was less forthcoming, it explained away the tour cancellations by saying there had been 'an altercation within the band'. Meanwhile singer Amy Macdonald posted on Twitter: 'Liam smashed Noel's guitar, huuuge fight!'

&lt;b&gt;A frayed temper?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
England captain Steven Gerrard was cleared by a court of charges of affray after an alcohol-fuelled nightclub brawl in July last year. The footballer, who had been out celebrating with friends in December 2008, was found to have acted in self defence when he swung uppercut punches at Marcus McGee at the Lounge Inn, in Southport, during a dispute over the club's music playlist. Grainy CCTV footage of the altercation was crucial in the defence.

<b>A frayed temper?</b><br/> England captain Steven Gerrard was cleared by a court of charges of affray after an alcohol-fuelled nightclub brawl in July last year. The footballer, who had been out celebrating with friends in December 2008, was found to have acted in self defence when he swung uppercut punches at Marcus McGee at the Lounge Inn, in Southport, during a dispute over the club's music playlist. Grainy CCTV footage of the altercation was crucial in the defence.

&lt;b&gt;Egg on your face&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Then deputy prime minister John Prescott was caught up in a scuffle in 2001 after an egg was thrown at him by protesters as he walked into an election meeting in Rhyl. Prescott, a former amateur boxer, responded by thumping one of his assailants, Craig Evans. The press responded with a mixture of outrage and amusement (mainly the latter) and the Crown Prosecution Service launched an investigation into the fight, which was caught on camera, but later concluded that that was 'no real prospect of a conviction' for reasons of self defence.

<b>Egg on your face</b><br/> Then deputy prime minister John Prescott was caught up in a scuffle in 2001 after an egg was thrown at him by protesters as he walked into an election meeting in Rhyl. Prescott, a former amateur boxer, responded by thumping one of his assailants, Craig Evans. The press responded with a mixture of outrage and amusement (mainly the latter) and the Crown Prosecution Service launched an investigation into the fight, which was caught on camera, but later concluded that that was 'no real prospect of a conviction' for reasons of self defence.

&lt;b&gt;Smile for the camera&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Singer Lily Allen was question by police in 2007 after allegedly assaulting photographer Kevin Rush. The snapper claimed to have asked her for a picture but said he was instead left bleeding and bruised after her gold sovereign ring cut into his nose. The Smile singer's US visa work was revoked when she was questioned about her arrest and she had to postpone an American tour as result.

<b>Smile for the camera</b><br/> Singer Lily Allen was question by police in 2007 after allegedly assaulting photographer Kevin Rush. The snapper claimed to have asked her for a picture but said he was instead left bleeding and bruised after her gold sovereign ring cut into his nose. The Smile singer's US visa work was revoked when she was questioned about her arrest and she had to postpone an American tour as result.

&lt;b&gt;Lollipop loopy&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Pop singer Cheryl Cole (nee Tweedy) was found guilty of assaulting a toilet attendant in a nightclub in 2003, ordered to do 120 hours of community service and pay £3,000 prosecution costs. The Girl's Aloud band member stood accused of punching Sophie Amogbokpa after she tried to stop her from taking some lollipops in the ladies' loo in Drink nightclub in Guildford.

<b>Lollipop loopy</b><br/> Pop singer Cheryl Cole (nee Tweedy) was found guilty of assaulting a toilet attendant in a nightclub in 2003, ordered to do 120 hours of community service and pay £3,000 prosecution costs. The Girl's Aloud band member stood accused of punching Sophie Amogbokpa after she tried to stop her from taking some lollipops in the ladies' loo in Drink nightclub in Guildford.

&lt;b&gt;Waffle House scuffle&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Kid Rock, real name Robert James Ritchie, was arrested on charges of misdemeanour and battery in October 2007 after he and five of his entourage reportedly beat up a man in a Waffle House in Atlanta. Having pleaded not guilty to five counts of battery and no contest to one, Kid Rock was sentenced to 80 hours of community service, fined $1,000, put on probation and ordered to take anger management counselling.

<b>Waffle House scuffle</b><br/> Kid Rock, real name Robert James Ritchie, was arrested on charges of misdemeanour and battery in October 2007 after he and five of his entourage reportedly beat up a man in a Waffle House in Atlanta. Having pleaded not guilty to five counts of battery and no contest to one, Kid Rock was sentenced to 80 hours of community service, fined $1,000, put on probation and ordered to take anger management counselling.

&lt;b&gt;Blog off&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Acid-penned celebrity blogger Perez Hilton published the above picture of himself sporting bruises after he got into an argument with Black Eyed Peas' band members Fergie and Will.i.am outside a Toronto nightclub in June 2009 and was then punched by the band's manager Polo Molina. While not exactly a case of an individual celebrity lashing out violently, this incident won a place in this list because the band members reportedly verbally confronted Perez over the 'mean things' he had written about them, which led to an escalation into violence. Criminal charges were dropped after Molina apologised to Perez.

<b>Blog off</b><br/> Acid-penned celebrity blogger Perez Hilton published the above picture of himself sporting bruises after he got into an argument with Black Eyed Peas' band members Fergie and Will.i.am outside a Toronto nightclub in June 2009 and was then punched by the band's manager Polo Molina. While not exactly a case of an individual celebrity lashing out violently, this incident won a place in this list because the band members reportedly verbally confronted Perez over the 'mean things' he had written about them, which led to an escalation into violence. Criminal charges were dropped after Molina apologised to Perez.

&lt;b&gt;Celebrity nose job &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay was reportedly caught up in a street fight with a photographer in 2006. But photographs at the time suggest he came off worse than his opponent with a bleeding face and bruised nose. He later told the Daily Mail when asked about his injuries: 'The great thing about being a pop star is you can afford a good nose job.'

<b>Celebrity nose job </b><br/> Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay was reportedly caught up in a street fight with a photographer in 2006. But photographs at the time suggest he came off worse than his opponent with a bleeding face and bruised nose. He later told the Daily Mail when asked about his injuries: 'The great thing about being a pop star is you can afford a good nose job.'

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<b>Temper temper</b><br/> Supermodel Naomi Campbell is possibly as famous for her temper as she is for her beauty. She has had a series of high profile, and sometimes violent, tantrums dubbed the 'Streatham strops', the most notorious of which led to a criminal conviction in 2007 after she got so cross over a lost piece of luggage on a BA flight that she launched a verbal tirade at a BA staff member and later kicked a police officer while wearing a pair of 'formidable platform boots'.<br/> Well, yesterday the model hit the headlines once again after narrowly avoiding criminal charges in New York for allegedly hitting her chauffeur. The driver told police he was attacked from the back seat and that the blow caused his head to make contact with the steering wheel, but he has since decided not to press charges. A spokesperson for Campbell said: 'There shouldn't be a rush to judgment. Naomi will co-operate voluntarily and there is more to the story than meets the eye."

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