Monday 27 February 2017

Model's evidence was 'own-goal' for prosecution

NAOMI Campbell's evidence was a "spectacular own goal" in the prosecution of former warlord Charles Taylor (above), the defence said yesterday.

"Our view is that the prosecution scored a spectacular own goal by calling Naomi Campbell," Courtenay Griffiths QC, defending, said after the hearing.

"The most damaging event is the failure of Naomi Campbell to say that the men who came to her and gave her the diamonds or pebbles came from Charles Taylor.

"It's the purest speculation. This is a court of law, you don't deal with speculation, you deal with proof."

Mr Griffiths questioned the model over accounts given to the court by two other witnesses, the actress Mia Farrow, and Campbell's former agent Carole White.

He pointed out that Ms White has launched a legal action against Campbell for breach of contract, and that Farrow only submitted her evidence to the court two weeks after the legal suit was filed.

He described White as someone with "a powerful motive to lie" about Campbell.

In a written statement, Farrow said Campbell told an "unforgettable story" at breakfast the morning after a party.

Farrow said: "She told us she had been awakened in the night by knocking at her door. She opened the door to find two or three men -- I do not recall how many -- who presented her with a large diamond which they said was from Charles Taylor."

But in court Campbell told Mr Griffiths she did not tell Farrow or Ms White the diamonds were from Taylor, because she did not know that they were.

Joe Sinclair

Irish Independent

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