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In the ongoing war crimes trial of Liberian leader Charles Taylor, actor Mia Farrow has provided testimony that directly contradicts Naomi Campbell's previous statements that Campbell received "small, dirty looking stones" from two men in the middle of the night. Farrow's testimony:
"She said that in the night she had been awakened, some men were knocking at the door, and they had been sent by Charles Taylor, and they had given her a huge diamond," Farrow told the court.According to Campbell's earlier testimony, upon receiving the mysterious gift, she immediately handed the stones off to Jeremy Ratcliffe, the head of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund at the time. Ratcliffe confirmed in his testimony last week that "he still had three stones he had received from Campbell after the 1997 dinner. He handed them over to South African authorities and they have since been confirmed as uncut diamonds."
Under cross examination by defense lawyer Morris Kanneh, Farrow conceded she had never seen the diamond or diamonds herself. Confronted with statements by both Campbell and White that the gift was several small rough diamonds and not one "huge' one, Farrow stuck by her story.
"I didn't see the diamond or diamonds. I can only tell you what Naomi Campbell said," Farrow said.
"Is it possible, Ms. Farrow, that your recollection is in error?" Kanneh asked.
"No. I think I would have remembered diamonds in the plural," Farrow said, calling it "sort of an unforgettable moment."
Where's the truth in all of this? Watch this space as the trial unfolds.
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