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Subpoenaed in the war crimes trial of Liberian leader Charles Taylor, supermodel Naomi Campbell was asked to recount her receipt of blood diamonds—diamonds that are mined from a war zone and typically used to finance warlord activity. Her testimony was fascinating—but, to be honest, anytime an iconic supermodel talks, we find it fascinating—revealing snippets from her life experiences and personality that, though seemingly otherworldly, are presented in a very matter-of-fact manner.
On receiving the blood diamonds:
"When I was sleeping I had a knock on my door. I opened my door and two men were there and gave me a pouch and said, 'A gift for you'." She said she put the pouch next to her bed and went back to sleep. In the morning she opened the bag and saw a few stones. "They were very small, dirty looking stones. At breakfast I told Miss Farrow [actress Mia Farrow] and Miss White [Carole White, her ex-modelling agent] what had happened and one of the two said, well that's obviously Charles Taylor, and I said, yes I guess it was."Now, when two men knock on our hotel room doors in the middle of the night, we're not the kinds of girls who'd just, you know, open the door. But, in Campbell's world, it's just another day: "I get gifts given to me all the time, at all hours of the night," she told the tribunal. "Sometimes without notes. It is quite normal for me to receive gifts."
· Extracts from Naomi Campbell's testimony [BBC News]
· Naomi Campbell testifies at war crimes trial [YouTube]
· Blood diamond [Wikipedia]