BEIJING, April 3 (Xinhuanet)-- Super model Naomi Campbell
was charged with second-degree assault by the Manhattan Criminal Court
Friday after allegedly bashing her 41-year-old housekeeper in the head with a
occurred about 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Campbell's apartment on Park Avenue,
the police said. Campbell accused her housekeeper, Ana Scolavino, of
stealing clothes when she couldn't find a pair of jeans she wanted to wear on
"The Oprah Winfrey Show".
Supermodel Naomi Campbell leaves the Manhattan Criminal Court after being
arraigned on assault charges in New York March 30, 2006. [China
As the housekeeper was walking down the stairs, Naomi
threw a cellphone at the back of her head. She was then taken to Lenox Hill
Hospital, where she received four staples for a gash, according to the Manhattan
district attorney's office.
Campbell, 35, was taken to the station house, and
more than 100 reporters, photographers and television camera operators quickly
gathered outside. Campbell left the station just after 4 p.m.
It was not the first time Campbell had been accused
of injuring an employee with a telephone. In 1998, she was arrested by the
police in Toronto and charged with assaulting an assistant. Her lawyer in that
case said the accusation was false and had been made by a disgruntled employee
who was about to be fired.
Campbell pleaded guilty in 2000 in that case, and her
record was cleared in exchange for her expressing remorse, under an agreement
with the prosecution.
Campbell, who faces a possible seven years in jail after
being charged with assault by the court, said that Scolavino making up the
story to extract money from her. Her next court appearance was scheduled for
June 27. Enditem