Trouble always seems to follow Naomi Campbell! She’s now found herself in the midst of an investigation over an alleged blood diamond that was reportedly given to her by Liberia’s former president Charles Taylor.
According to The Guardian, UN war crimes prosecutors in The Hague today called for Campbell to be compelled to testify over claims that she was given the diamond.
Campbell, Mia Farrow, and Campbell’s former agent Carole White were all named as people wanted to testify on the matter. As you may recall, Mia Farrow recently said during an interview that Campbell had told her she’d been given a rough diamond by Taylor in September 1997 while she was a guest of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Farrow told prosecutors that Campbell told her that "she had been awakened in the night by knocking at her door. She opened the door to find two or three men – I do not recall how many – who presented her with a large diamond which they said was from Charles Taylor."
Taylor is being held on charges for allegedly using diamonds seized from Sierra Leone's gem mines to enrich himself and fund his Revolutionary United Front rebels, responsible for mass killings and mutilations in the fighting that lasted from 1991 to 2001 .
A court document says, "Ms. Campbell, as the actual recipient of the accused's gift of diamonds, is clearly in a position to provide material evidence about this event. Thus, judicial intervention in the form of a subpoena is necessary.”
Taylor has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He has dismissed the Campbell diamonds story as "total nonsense".
Scary stuff! Stay tuned as this story develops.