Supermodel Naomi Campbell testifies in 'Blood Diamonds' Case
Supermodel Naomi Campbell was in the Netherlands Thursday to testify at a UN war-crimes tribunal that former Liberian ruler Charles Taylor gave her blood diamonds, People reports. Taylor allegedly exchanged guns for uncut diamonds with Sierra Leone rebels during the country’s 1992-2002 civil war. He’s pleaded not guilty to 11 war crimes charges, including murder, rape, sexual enslavement, and recruiting child soldiers included.
Campbell originally did not want to testify for fear that she or her family would be harmed by Taylor or his soldiers, but was subpoenaed and forced to take the stand. She allegedly received the diamonds after attending a dinner party hosted by Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1997.
She testified that two men knocked on her door late one night, recalling “They said, ‘A gift for you,’ and then gave me a pouch … I took it, said, ‘Thank you,’ and closed the door. There was no explanation, no note. When they gave me the pouch I just put it close to my bed and went back to bed.” The following morning, she said, “I opened the pouch … I saw a few stones. They were very small, dirty-looking stones.”