“Empire” recurring actress Naomi Campbell has been sentenced for a six-month suspension on July 31, 2015. It was given to her by a Sicilian court for assaulting a paparazzo in August 2009. Finally, the photographer has received a fair deal for getting his eye brutally scratched by her purse. Read on for more details.
The incident occurred when the 45-year old English model and actress stepped off from a yacht in the Sicilian town of Italy during her holiday with her then-boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, a Russian billionaire. Gaetano Di Giovanni was reportedly taking the photographs of the couple when they were busy in some sight-seeing, and suddenly Campbell “swung her purse” with no reason that scratched his eye.
According to Yahoo News, Campbell’s lawyer was in a state to settle with the photographer behind the scenes who was all set to drop the charges against the model. However, the prosecutor Francesco Massara had put forward the case due to high media attention and public fascination.
“We are appealing the ruling surrounding the 2009 incident. Due to the ongoing legal process, we cannot discuss the matter further at this time,” Campbell’s attorney Guido Carlo Alleva said in a statement obtained by E! News.
Giovanni required an intense medical attention and he finally recovered after three days from the injury, the court heard.
“I had just started taking some shots of her and I did not expect such a violent reaction,” Giovanni said in 2013 when Campbell was ordered to stand trial, as reported by The Telegraph.
This was not the first time the “Miss Universe 2001” host confronted legal charges. She had been accused 11 times of her acts of violence against her employees, associates and other individuals between 1998 and 2009.
She was legally charged for assaulting her personal assistant with her handphone in September 1998. The same incident was repeated after almost after a decade when she served a five-day community service sentence for cruelly hitting her housekeeper with her BlackBerry.
Campbell was insisted on entering rehab in 1999 after her continuous five-year addiction to cocaine. However, the charges against her for allegedly receiving “blood diamond” from the 22nd President of Liberia, Charles Taylor during a Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in 1997 is yet to be solved.
Photo Source: Facebook/Naomi Campbell