Naomi Campbell to Testify at War Crimes Trial

She's not the suspect -- and it doesn't involve cell phones

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010  |  Updated 3:03 PM EDT
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Naomi Campbell is known in courts for allegedly declaring war on domestic workers (her weapons of choice -- cell phones). But now the fashion icon says she will take the stand to testify in a real war crimes trial -- that of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

Taylor is accused of supporting the rebels in Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war in exchange for diamonds and other natural resources. He denies trading in the so-called "blood diamonds."

Prosecutors at Taylor's trial in The Hague have summoned Campbell to testify later this month about reports that she received diamonds from Taylor during a 1997 reception in South Africa.

The Outside Organization, a public relations company that represents Campbell, announced on Friday that Campbell would testify. Her appearance is scheduled for July 29.

Campbell is notorious for some violent outbursts of her own, most recently in March when her driver said she slapped and punched him while he was driving her around Manhattan. Over the last decade, she's been accused in at least three assault cases and was sentenced to attend anger management classes.

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