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Campbell Storms Out of Blood Diamond Interview

Apr 25, 2010 6:43 AM   By Avi Krawitz
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RAPAPORT... Super model Naomi Campbell stormed out of an interview when an ABC News reporter asked her about receiving a “blood diamond” from the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor.

“I didn’t receive a diamond and I’m not going to speak about that,” Campbell said on first reference to the incident. As the reporter pressed, questioning if she had refused to cooperate with prosecutors in Taylor’s war crimes case currently taking place in The Hague, Campbell ended the interview, stood up and left. She then punched the camera as she walked out.

Campbell’s alleged acceptance of the diamond surfaced when actress and activist Mia Farrow told prosecutors she heard Campbell describe a "huge diamond" she had received from Taylor, ABC News reported.

"You don't forget when a girlfriend tells you she was given a huge diamond in the middle of the night," Farrow told the network.

"She said during the night, some men had knocked at her door and she, half asleep, had opened the door and it was representatives of President Charles Taylor and that they had given her a huge diamond," Farrow said. "We were like, 'oh my gosh.'"

Taylor is facing 11 charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. During his presidency from August 1997 to August 2003, Taylor allegedly funded rebel forces in neighboring Sierra Leone with weapons in exchange for diamonds looted from that country’s mines.

His case in the Special Court for Sierra Leone, opened in January 2008 and the prosecution closed their arguments in February 2009. The defense opened their case in July 2009 and is scheduled to close on June 1, 2010.

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