Model Naomi Campbell told a war crimes tribunal in The Hague on Thursday she had been given a small pouch containing a few dirty stones while attending a charity event in South Africa in 1997.
Campbell had been summoned to testify at the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor who faces 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The model, who according to the Daily Mail, was ‘fashionably late’, said she assumed the diamonds were from Taylor after other guests at the event told her they probably were.
The prosecution alleges Taylor was involved in trading so-called blood diamonds in return for weapons.
Dozens of camera crews and journalists were outside the court waiting for Campbell’s arrival. On Tuesday, judges ruled the model may not be photographed in the street without her express permission.
‘There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about Ms Campbell’s safety and privacy because of her public persona and the extreme media attention for her appearance,’ the ruling said.
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