Supermodel Naomi Campbell sentenced to 6 months in jail
British supermodel, Naomi Campbell, was on Friday sentenced to six months in jail by an Italian court for scratching a photographer’s eye in 2009.
The catwalk queen was on vacation on the Sicilian island of Lipari in August 2009 with her then-boyfriend, Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin, when she reportedly became enraged by the presence of photographer Gaetano Di Giovanni, who snapped away at the couple as they walked through a local town.
Campbell allegedly lost her temper and swung her purse at Di Giovanni, scratching his eye and leaving him in need of medical treatment.
While the photographer initially pressed charges, the charges were withdrawn after a behind the scenes settlement was reached.
However, prosecutor Francesco Massara decided to press ahead with the case, insisting it was in the public interest to pursue the counts.
The super model’s attorney, Guido Carlo Alleva, has vowed to appeal the decision:
A statement issued to Eonline.com reads: “We are appealing the ruling surrounding the 2009 incident. Due to the ongoing legal process, we cannot discuss the matter further at this time.”
45-year-old Naomi is known for her fiery temper – in 2007, she admitted to hurling her Blackberry cellphone at her housekeeper, an offence for which she served a five-day community service sentence in New York City, paid a fine and completed an anger management course.
During a 2013 interview with The Guardian, Naomi talked about her notorious temper, which she sees as nothing more than a normal emotion which people should not create a fuss about.
“Well, everyone has a temper. A temper is an emotion. But do I care what they say? Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” she said.