Naomi Campbell wants to get war crimes tribunal 'over with' and move with her life
"I just want to get this over with and get on with my life."
This is what the catwalker said in a trial war-crimes tribunal at The Hague in the Netherlands to know whether Liberian strongman Charles Taylor financed a civil war in Sierra Leone using "blood diamonds."
In Campbell’s case, insiders say that it meant letting her go to a luxurious yacht cruise with her married billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin.
When the model’s testimony is accomplished, the source says, Campbell and her boyfriend are planning to pick up their interrupted Mediterranean tour aboard Doronin’s yacht.
Campbell arrived fashionably late to testify about the diamonds she has received after a dinner in 1997 for Taylor at the home of then-South African President Nelson Mandela.
Campbell insisted that she didn’t know whether the "dirty-looking pebbles" given to her by two men, who didn’t introduce themselves, were even diamonds and even claimed to not even know who Taylor was.
"I don’t know anything about Charles Taylor, never heard of him before, never heard of the country Liberia before," Campbell said of the Liberian president, who is currently facing charges of murder, rape, recruiting child soldiers and sexual enslavement.
Campbell claimed she’d "never heard of the term ‘blood diamonds’ before" and that she gave the stones to a friend, Jeremy Ratcliffe, who was director of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund then.
But the charity said that it never received the diamonds Campbell said she gave to its former head.
It was obvious that the prosecution did not seem to be buying what Campbell was selling – especially because her statements clashes with statements made by actress Mia Farrow, who also attended the dinner and figures in Campbell’s testimony. Farrow is set to testify on Monday.
Prosecutor Brenda Hollis asked the Campbell, "Isn’t it correct that your account today isn’t entirely truthful?"
Campbell answered, "No, that’s not correct."