Handcuffs Won't Be Naomi Campbell's Latest Fashion Accessory

No charges expected

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    Naomi Campbell

    Looks like the fugitive supermodel is going to walk.

    A man hired to drive Naomi Campbell told police she assaulted him from the back seat of a luxury SUV on Tuesday before hopping out and running away -- but the manic mannequin likely won't face criminal charges, officials said.

    Police consulted with the Manhattan district attorney's office and issued a harassment report, which doesn't carry any penalty, because no officer witnessed what took place between the driver and Campbell, whose feisty temper has led to previous legal troubles. They said no arrests were anticipated.

    The driver, who also drives Campbell's boyfriend, decided not to pursue the matter criminally. It's unclear if he would pursue it in civil court.

    Earlier Tuesday, the man told police Campbell hit him from behind and his head struck the steering wheel of the black Cadillac Escalade, causing bruising under his right eye.

    Sources told NBCNewYork that Campbell attacked the driver with a cell phone -- which seems to be  her favorite weapon.

    The driver pulled over near 58th Street and 2nd Avenue and and got out to speak to a traffic agent, who alerted police. Campbell was not at the scene when officers arrived, police said.

    Campbell did not speak to police, but her assistant went to the station house where the driver gave his account. A spokesman for Campbell, who has previously pleaded guilty to assaulting people hired to work for her, said she would cooperate with police.

    "There shouldn't be a rush to judgment," spokesman Jeff Raymond said. "Naomi will cooperate voluntarily, and there is more to the story than meets the eye."

    The 27-year-old driver, apparently hired just for the day, told police he picked Campbell up at a Manhattan hotel and was taking her to Astoria Studios, a TV and film studio complex in Queens, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.

    This would only be the latest violent outburst by Campbell. In 2008 she pleaded guilty to attacking two police officers at London's Heathrow Airport.

    In 2007 she was sentenced to attend anger management classes and do community service after pleading guilty to throwing a phone at a maid in Manhattan a year earlier.

    In 2005 she was accused of slapping assistant Amanda Brack and beating her with a BlackBerry.

    In 2000 she pleaded guilty in Toronto on an 1998 assault case involving assistant Georgina Galanis, who said the mad model assaulted her with a telephone in a hotel room and threatened to throw her out of moving car.

    Campbell, of Britain, became one of the world's highest-paid models after being discovered at age 15.