Naomi Campbell has denied bullying Kira Dikhtyar, a contestant on the American version of modelling show, The Face, despite claims by Dikhtyar to the contrary. The aspiring model, a former gymnast from Russia, has stated that “Naomi hates Russians”.
Dikhtyar claims that Campbell’s bulling and ill treatment of her resulted in psychological damage that required medical treatment. She also claims that the television network are paying her psychiatrist bills.
“These claims are false,” a spokesperson for Oxygen, the network that produces the American version of the show,stated. “Naomi and her fellow coaches are utmost professionals and judge the contestants on their ability as aspiring supermodels solely, and viewers will see this as The Face unfolds.”
According to Vogue, a source close to Campbell has stated;
“We’re sorry Kira is unwell and we hope she gets the help she obviously needs- her allegations are absurd.”
It’s not the first time Naomi Campbell has found herself on the wrong side of a bullying accusation. The former supermodel has a long history of violent outbursts. She was famously sentenced to attend anger-management classes in 1998, after striking her personal assistant Georgina Galanis with a mobile phone. By 2007, six other employees claimed Miss Campbell abused them. In 2010 her limousine driver claimed that she had punched and slapped him, again with a mobile phone, and her drug therapist has also accused Campbell of scratching her face during a counselling session.
Is there any truth to Dikhtyar’s claims? Viewers may see for themselves when the second season of the show airs next month!