Naomi Campbell was called to testify at the war crimes trial of ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor for getting blood diamonds from him. According to her, she was could care less about a couple of dirty azz stones in a pouch and felt the trial was an “inconvenience” to her. Inconvenience? Tell that to all the people who died for those “dirty stones.”
In her testimony during the trial of Charles Taylor, Ms Campbell said she was given two or three stones after a celebrity dinner in South Africa, hosted by former South African President Nelson Mandela and attended by US actress Mia Farrow and others.
She said she was sleeping in her room when there was a knock at the door.
“Two men were there and gave me a pouch and said: ‘A gift for you’,” she said.
The men did not introduce themselves. She said she put the pouch next to her bed without looking inside it, and went back to sleep.
“I opened the pouch the next morning when I woke up… I saw a few stones in there, they were very small dirty-looking stones,” she told the court. There was no explanation and no note, she said.
“The next morning at breakfast I told Ms Farrow and [her former agent Carol White] what had happened and one of the two said ‘That’s obviously Charles Taylor’, and I said ‘I guess that was’.”
The prosecutor said Ms Campbell was answering questions before they were finished, and asked her if she was nervous.
“No, well, I didn’t really want to be here. I was made to be here,” she answered.
“So obviously I’m just like wanting to get this over with and get on with my life. This is a big inconvenience for me.”
She said she had previously denied having the stones as she feared for her family because Mr Taylor was “someone I read on the internet has killed thousands of people, supposedly”.
Mr Taylor, 62, is suspected of selling diamonds to buy weapons for Sierra Leone’s RUF rebels, who were notorious for hacking off the hands and legs of civilians during the 1991-2001 civil war.
Well, Blood Diamond Naomi, we bet all of the civilians who got those “dirty stones” for you would applaud your valiant testimony, except… they don’t have any d*mn hands! She should call herself the Teflon Don because none of her negative publicity seems to stick.