The past year has been a tough one for Naomi Campbell and has seen her in and out of court. Over the summer the model appeared before a judge as a witness in a blood diamond trial and yesterday, her former agent Carole White initiated a claim against her.
Accoriding to the New York Post, White wants the Campbell investigated for perjury and alleges that the model lied under oath in an affidavit. White also suing the model for not going ahead with a planned perfume deal and preventing her from making commission from big deals. Campbell is said to be countersuing and according to the newspaper, her lawyers are "unequivocally" denying the allegations.
Naomi Campbell has had her fair share of bad press over the last few years with several allegations of assault against her assistants. Despite the allegations none have had a serious impact on her modelling career. In fact, she famously booked that memorable TK Maxx TV advert ironically showing Campbell attack the price signs.
However, her recent alleged involvement with the handling of uncut blood diamonds is expected to prevent the model - who in the past has modelled for jewellers like David Yurman and Graff - from ever fronting a jewellery campaign again. According to the head of the industry's trade association, whether Campbell was aware that they were blood diamonds or not, no jewellery retailer will want to be associated with them or the former Liberian leader, Charles Taylor.
"The allegations around Charles Taylor involve such abuse of human rights, cruelty, violence and elicit war, it's just another level, another magnitude," said Sally Morrisson, the director of the Diamond Information Centre. "It might not be her fault, she might not have done anything wrong it might only be by association but working with her would be a step backward for the industry that has worked so hard to address the issue of conflict diamonds."
Do you think the response of the jewellery industry has been fair to the model?