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Campbell said gift was huge diamond: Farrow

world Updated: Aug 09, 2010 23:42 IST
Naomi Campbell

The actress Mia Farrow told a war crimes court on Monday that she had heard supermodel Naomi Campbell say she had been given a "huge diamond" by Charles Taylor when he was Liberia's president.

Campbell told the Special Court for Sierra Leone last week she had been given "dirty looking pebbles" after a 1997 dinner in South Africa, but did not know if they were diamonds from Taylor, on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In court on Monday, Farrow said the British model had joined a group of guests at breakfast after the charity dinner, hosted by South African president Nelson Mandela, and had started relating something that had happened overnight.

"She said in the night she had been awakened by men knocking at her door and they had been sent to her by Charles Taylor, and they had given her a huge diamond," Farrow told the court, adding that Campbell had been "quite excited" about it.

Farrow said Campbell had then said she intended to give the diamond to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

Ex-agent testifies

Naomi Campbell received a late-night gift of diamonds which Charles Taylor had promised her over dinner just hours before, the supermodel’s former agent testified at Taylor’s war crimes trial.

Taylor is charged with 11 counts of instigating murder, rape, mutilation, sexual slavery and conscription of child soldiers during wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in which more than 250,000 people were killed.

He denies all the charges.