*Just when you thought Naomi Campbell had left her violent past in an anger management class, authorities in New York have just accused her of administering a beatdown to a New York City cab driver.
According to the Associated Press, officials say the 39-year-old model became enraged with her cab driver and started hitting him from the back seat on Tuesday afternoon. The official says the driver stopped the car in midtown Manhattan and called 911, at which time Campbell jumped out of the car and ran off.
The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition on anonymity because an investigation was ongoing.
Police are now looking to interview Campbell. At press time, the driver was speaking to police at a precinct.
The British runway diva has a violent streak that dates back to at least the late 90s. In 2000, she pleaded guilty in a Toronto court to a 1998 assault on Georgina Galanis, her then assistant. Campbell had allegedly assaulted Galanis with a telephone in a hotel room and threatened to throw her out of a moving Peugeot.
• In March 2005, Campbell allegedly slapped assistant Amanda Brack and beat her with a BlackBerry. Also that year, Italian actress Yvonne Sciò claimed Campbell left her “covered in blood” after an altercation at a Rome hotel, allegedly because Sciò had worn the same dress as Campbell.
• In March 2006 in New York City, Campbell was arrested for assaulting another housekeeper with a jewel-encrusted cell phone, resulting in a bloody head that required several stitches. On October 25 of that year, Campbell was arrested in London on suspicion of assault. Two months later, another former Campbell housekeeper, Gaby Gibson, began a new court case against the model seeking unspecified damages, and accusing her ex-employer of being a “violent super-bigot.”
• On January 16, 2007, Campbell pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless assault against her housekeeper Ana Scolavino. She was sentenced to five days community service and ordered to attend two days of an anger management course.
• On April 3, 2008, Campbell was arrested inside Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on suspicion of assaulting a police officer after one of her bags had been lost. Campbell was subsequently banned from flying globally with British Airways by the airline. She was charged with three counts of assaulting a constable, one count of disorderly conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and one count of using threatening, abusive words or behavior towards cabin crew. Campbell pleaded guilty to four of the six charges against her.