Mia Farrow Contradicts Naomi Campbell Testimony on Blood Diamonds
The ongoing trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor at a war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands took a new twist on Monday as actress Mia Farrow claimed that British supermodel Naomi Campbell had admitted receiving a diamond from the disgraced Liberian leader.
Farrow said Campbell received a “huge diamond” from Taylor after the model met the former Liberian president at a September 1997 dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela in Pretoria. Farrow’s claims contradict Campbell’s testimony last week. Campbell had said that she received “small dirty looking stones” from two men who knocked on her hotel door after the said dinner. Campbell also told the tribunal that she had no idea who sent the men to her hotel.
Farrow said that although she did not saw the diamond, she was certain that Campbell admitted receiving the blood diamond. “I didn’t see the diamond or diamonds. I can only tell you what Naomi Campbell said,” Farrow told Taylor’s defense attorney during the cross examination.
Farrow’s testimony could hurt Taylor’s denial that he supplied guns to rebels during the 1992-2002 Sierra Leone civil war in exchange for diamonds. Taylor is being tried on 11 charges that include murder and sexual enslavement.
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