Dirty-Looking Stones: Naomi Campbell's Blood Diamond Benefactor Found Guilty
Apr 27, 2012 - by Lester Brathwaite
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was found guilty on eleven charges including rape, murder, sex slavery and enforced amputation after four years of U.N. hearings at the Hague during which Naomi Campbell famously and fabulously testified.
The super was called to the stand in August of 2010 where she testified to having received a pouch of "dirty-looking stones" delivered to her by two men in the middle of the night following dinner at Nelson Mandela's house -- thank you very much -- in 1997. She claimed she didn't know from whence the gift came or even what they were.
"I'm used to seeing diamonds shiny and in a box," she explained. Or, of course, showered over her by her Russian billionaire boyfriend.
Mia Farrow and Campbell's former agent Carole White contested the catwalker's claims, stating that she knew very well they were a gift from Taylor and that she and the warlord were flirting over dinner. The following morning, Campbell was allegedly bragging about it over breakfast.
While controversial, Campbell's testimony was actually crucial to Taylor's trial. Accused of trading blood diamonds to fund a war in Sierra Leone that left 120,000 people dead and millions homeless in the world's poorest country, Campbell helped provide evidence that Taylor was indeed dealing in the illegally mined gemstones.
Charles Taylor will be formally sentenced on May 30 and is expected to serve some serious time. Mia Farrow and Carole White are expected to turn up dead once this trial blows over and Naomi can avoid being implicated. [Vogue UK, Telegraph]