Supermodel and diva extraordinaire Naomi Campbell may have to learn some restraint sometime soon as she just got subpoenaed by UN war crimes prosecutors. The request was filed with the special court for Sierra Leone. The subpoena is regarding a blood diamond that Campbell allegedly received from Liberian President Charles Taylor.
Much of the hoopla began when actress Mia Farrow revealed to ABC News that Campbell told her she received a blood diamond from the deposed Liberian President in 1997.
Taylor himself has his own trial to face as he’s facing a mounting trial over his involvement in inflaming the civil war that took place in Sierra Leone. This war in particular was the war that popularized the usage of the terms ‘blood diamonds’ and ‘conflict diamonds’.
“Ms. Campbell, as the actual recipient of the accused’s gift of a blood diamond, is clearly in a position to provide material evidence about this event.” Prosecutors for the UN said. “Her anticipated evidence supports the prosecution allegations that the accused use rough diamonds for personal enrichment and arms purchases for Sierra Leone.”
Farrow recounted to ABC News that Campbell received a huge diamond while she and other guests were on a luxury South African rail service hosted by Nelson Mandela. “She said that during the night some men 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 also added that Campell said “she was going to give it to Nelson Mandela’s children’s charities and I thought no more about it.”