It seems British supermodel Naomi Campbell, 39, might be better suited to the ring than the runway. Employing computers, cell phones or her bare hands, Campbell has attacked numerous employees, friends, and police officers over issues as trivial as lost denim. Her latest incident in the backseat of a New York City limo brings a long history of allegations and charges to mind:
Victim: Georgina Galanis, secretary
Campbell allegedly assaulted Galanis, beating her over the head with a phone, grappling with her, and threatening to throw her from a moving vehicle.
Victim: Amanda Brack, 20, employee
Brack’s attorney claims that Campbell assaulted his client, physically and verbally, on a number occasions during her brief employment, including an incident in which Campbell hit Brack over the head with a Blackberry device.
Result: Not affirmed, but payoff speculated.
Victim: Yvonee Scio, actress
Campbell became upset with longtime friend Scio after Scio arrived at Campbell’s hotel room in Rome wearing the same dress as Campbell. The two were apparently on their way to a party, but Scio claims the enraged Campbell unleashed a furious verbal and physical assault on her, leaving her bloodied and in the hospital. Scio says Campbell was “like Mike Tyson”, but Campbell rejects Scio’s story of a physical altercation. Scio intended to sue Campbell for lost wages.
Result: There is no indication of this case actually going to court, it may have been settled outside of court.
Victim: Ana Scolavino, housekeeper
Campbell threw a jewel encrusted mobile phone at her housekeeper’s head resulting in a wound that required stitches. At first Campbell denied the incident, claiming the housekeeper was just retaliating for being fired. It is speculated that Campbell became upset over a lost pair of jeans.
Result: Campbell was charged with second degree assault but skipped out in her court appearance in September of the same year. Eventually, in January of 2006, Campbell appeared before a Manhattan judge and admitted to assaulting Scolavino with the phone, though she claims it was an accident. She was ordered to pay medical bills, to five days community service, and to take anger management classes. Campbell indeed served five days mopping floors at New York’s Sanitation Department.
Victim: Campbell’s therapist, unnamed
Campbell was arrested on suspicion of assault after her drug counselor complained of being “scratched all over her face.”
Result: Campbell was released on bail, it is unclear how the case was resolved but it seems likely that a monetary agreement was the outcome.
Victim: Gaby Gibson, housekeeper
Gibson claims she was subject to racist remarks about her Romanian ethnicity by Campbell, such as “you’re not in the third world anymore, stupid,” and “are all the women in Romania as pathetic as you?” In addition, Gibson claims she was either kicked or punched in the head by Campbell while searching for lost article of clothing. Gibson sued for verbal abuse, defamation, employment discrimination, and civil assault and battery, calling Campbell a “violent super-bigot.”
Result: In 2009 the two sides came to an undisclosed settlement agreement.
Victim: police officers, cabin crew
Campbell was arrested for assaulting a police officer at London’s Heathrow Airport and was released on bail. In this case, Campbell became upset after learning that a piece of her luggage had not been loaded. Using inappropriate language and threats, she accused the captain of racism after the captain refused to locate her bag personally. When police officers were called to remove her from the plane, she began spitting and kicking at them, and threw her phone again.
Result: Campbell was charged with assault and disorderly conduct among other things, and was eventually sentenced to pay a fine of $4,500 and serve 200 hours community service. In addition, she was banned from future British Airways flights.
Victim: Miodrag Mejdina, 27, driver
Mejdina called 9-1-1 claiming Campbell had struck him on the head with her cell phone while he was driving her to a set. Mejdina has since rescinded these claims, calling the incident a “misunderstanding.”
Result: The matter appears resolved as Mejdina has chosen not to follow up on his initial charges.
Lucky for the friends and employees of Campbell, phones are becoming lighter.5990