Naomi Campbell has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence by a Sicilian court over the assault of a paparazzo back in 2009. The 45 year old, who famously completed community service dressed in a Dolce & Gabbana gown and stilettos, had been accused of attacking Italian paparazzo Gaetano Di Giovanni in 2009. The photographer claimed that Campbell launched the attack after he took pictures of her with her billionaire ex-boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin.
Di Giovanni told an Italian newspaper:
“First she hit with her bag, screaming at me and then she tried to slap me. I managed to avoid her – but her nails still got my eye. For a few seconds I could not see a thing. I could hear that her bodyguards and her boyfriend were trying to drag her away.”
Campbell’s lawyer reportedly reached a settlement with the photographer, who agreed to drop the charges against Campbell, but prosecutor Francesco Massara decided to press ahead with the case, insisting it was in the public interest to pursue the counts.
Following the ruling, Campbell’s lawyers told Page Six: “We are appealing the ruling surrounding the 2009 incident.”
Campbell 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.
Will she fall foul of the law and end up in prison? We’d love to see her work an orange jumpsuit…