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Infamous top model is a target

india Updated: Dec 13, 2006 18:23 IST

Her tantrums are infamous, but supermodel Naomi Campbell insists that her reputation of having a fiery temper has made her an unnecessary “target” of people who try to take advantage of her.

The British beauty, who is due back in a New York court in January to face charges of assaulting a former maid with a jewel-encrusted mobile phone, was recently in the news again when her drugs counsellor brought charges of assault against her – charges that were later dropped.

Campbell, who faces up to seven years in jail if convicted of second-degree assault on her former maid, insisted that her behaviour had been “blown out of proportion” over the past year, and that she now feels as if she is becoming a “target”.

"It's been really like a tough year in terms of like the accusations and stuff like that. It's been very hurtful and blown out of proportion,” the Daily Mail quoted her, as telling Sky News.

"It's just like 'where does this come from and why?' I just feel like I am a target. People have told me for months and years 'you're a target' but it's only just kind of sunken in that I am a target," she insists.

As a result, Campbell revealed that she now has to be extremely careful about what she says and does when she is around people, as she is constantly questioning their “agendas”.

"I have to be very careful who I'm around, what I say, who's around me. I cannot be with someone on my own anymore because I don't know the agendas that people have," Campbell said.

However, the catwalk queen refuses to stop getting on with her life, and says that she deals with her problems by focusing on the positive side of things, while trying to ignore the negative side.

"But I can't stop getting on with my life. I have to get on with my life. I can't pay too much attention to this negative stuff.  I don't like to live in the negative. I like to stay in the present moment and stay positive," she insisted.