Naomi Campbell finds new ways to hurt assistants
Naomi Campbell is being sued again by a third former assistant who claims she was subjected to “verbal, physical and emotional attacks.” The assistant was 19 at the time and is seeking unspecified damages for “assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, reckless infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.” The suit claims Campbell struck her in the face with her Blackberry, slammed her against a wall, and slapped her repeatedly across the face because a piece of her luggage got left behind during a trip to Brazil. Additionally, Campbell threw a cell phone at her face during a subsequent outburst at the model’s New York apartment. Another charge claims Campbell got pissed during an April 2005 photoshoot in Morocco over some forgotten clothing and left her assistant stranded in Morocco without money, tore up her passport and threw it into the swimming pool, and left her to pay the hotel bill. Lastly, at Campbell’s Park Avenue home she ripped a sweater her assistant was wearing “off her neck” and accused her of stealing it.
Any diva can throw a phone at their assistant, but it takes a maniacal genius like Naomi Campbell to tear up their passport and leave them stranded in another country. How are people still agreeing to work for her? I hear one time she dangled an assistant above a tank of sharks until they were crying and admitted they stole a pair of jeans, and then she pretended to let them down but instead punched a hole through their face and threw them away in the garbage. True story.