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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 March 2006, 21:16 GMT 22:16 UK
UK model Campbell charged in US
Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell was in police custody since the alleged attack
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been charged with second degree assault in New York after allegedly hitting her assistant, police said.

A New York Police Department spokesman told BBC News the assistant had needed four stitches to her head after being hit by a mobile phone following a row.

Ms Campbell is expected to appear at Manhattan Criminal Court later on Thursday US time.

Her publicist said the model had fired her assistant before the alleged fight.

The publicist, based in New York, said: "We believe this to be a case of retaliation, because Naomi had fired her housekeeper earlier this morning. We are confident the courts will see it the same way."

Detective Bernard Gifford said he did not know what the argument was about.

We believe this to be a case of retaliation, because Naomi had fired her housekeeper earlier this morning. We are confident the courts will see it the same way
Naomi Campbell's publicist

He said Ms Campbell would be charged with a felony and would later go before a judge.

Ms Campbell shot to fame after being discovered in London at the age of 15.




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