*Claims that supermodel Naomi Campbell was given a “blood diamond” by the deposed African dictator Charles Taylor have taken center stage at Taylor’s trial for crimes against humanity and led to another one of Campbell’s infamous outbursts of anger — this time caught on tape.
“I didn’t receive a diamond and I’m not going to speak about that,” Campbell told ABC News before walking out of an interview and punching the camera in a producer’s hand when pressed on the details. [Watch clip below.]
The Campbell interview will be included in reports on the case to be broadcast this evening on “World News” with Diane Sawyer and “Nightline.”
Prosecutors in the Hague for the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone say Campbell has refused their requests to be interviewed about the allegations that they say could help directly link Taylor, the former president of Liberia, to the possession of uncut diamonds used to fuel a campaign of terror in Sierra Leone between 1997 and 2001.
Taylor is accused of orchestrating bloody massacres in which thousands were killed or maimed by amputation, leading to the phrase “blood diamonds.”
Campbell would not answer questions about her alleged refusal to cooperate with the international criminal tribunal.
Campbell’s alleged receipt of a “blood diamond” first surfaced after actress Mia Farrow told prosecutors she heard Campbell describe a “huge diamond” she had received from Taylor.
“You don’t forget when a girlfriend tells you she was given a huge diamond in the middle of the night,” Farrow told ABC News.
Farrow said she and Campbell were both guests at the home of South African president Nelson Mandela, where Taylor was also visiting. She said Campbell described in detail a middle of the night visit from two of Taylor’s men.
“She said during the night, some men had knocked at her door and she, half asleep, had opened the door and it was representatives of President Charles Taylor and that they had given her a huge diamond,” Farrow told ABC News. “We were like, ‘oh my gosh.'”