Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mia: Model spoke of 'huge diamond'

Mia Farrow testifying at the war crimes trial. Photo: Reuters
Mia Farrow testifying at the war crimes trial. Photo: Reuters

Naomi Campbell named Charles Taylor as the person who gave her a "huge diamond", Mia Farrow as told the former Liberian leader's war crimes trial.

The actress contradicted the supermodel's account that she was given two or three "dirty looking pebbles" but did not know what they were or who they were from.

She told the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague that when Campbell came down to breakfast after a party hosted by Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1997, the model told the other guests an "unforgettable" story.

Mia said: "Before she even sat down she recounted an event of that evening. And she said that in the night she had been awakened, some men were knocking at the door.

"They had been sent by Charles Taylor and they were giving a huge diamond. And she said that she intended to give the diamond to Nelson Mandela's children's charity."

Naomi, 40, said in evidence last week that either Mia or her former agent, Carole White, made the suggestion at breakfast that the stones were diamonds and that they were from Taylor.

Taylor, the former president of Liberia, denies war crimes during Sierra Leone's civil war, including using diamonds to fund rebels.

Speaking outside the court building, Naomi's PR spokesman, Alan Edwards said: "If anyone tries to recollect what happened around a breakfast table 13 years ago, the chances are you would get many variations.

"It's completely unfair to suggest that Naomi Campbell, who has been involved, by my check this morning, with at least eight different fundraising events for Africa, could in any way be anything other than sympathetic to the suffering in Africa. That is a real misunderstanding."

Press Association

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