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Naomi Campbell's driver will not press charges

Naomi Campbell - file photo 26 February 2010
Ms Campbell's spokesman said she would co-operate with police

Police in New York say supermodel Naomi Campbell's chauffeur will not press criminal charges after he accused her of punching him.

Ms Campbell is alleged to have hit the driver from behind, causing his head to hit the steering wheel, as they drove through New York.

Police said they did not expect to make any arrests after the incident.

The 39-year-old model has been sentenced to community service over previous incidents of assault.

A spokesman for Ms Campbell, Jeff Raymond, had said she would co-operate voluntarily with the police, adding: "There is more to the story than meets the eye".

Although Ms Campbell did not speak to the police directly, her assistant went to the police station where the driver gave his account, AP reports.

Police issued a harassment report, which carries no penalty.


Ms Campbell's driver, who had been hired for the day, told police that he pulled his black Cadillac Escalade over to the side of the road in central Manhattan after she struck hit him from behind, propelling his head forward on to the steering wheel.

The 27-year-old driver told police that he had picked up the model from a Manhattan hotel and was taking her to the Astoria Studios in the borough of Queens.

In 2000, Ms Campbell pleaded guilty in Toronto to assaulting an assistant who said that the model hit her on the head with her mobile phone.

She served a five-day community service order in New York in 2007 after admitting reckless assault, having thrown a mobile phone at her housekeeper.

In 2008, she was sentenced to 200 hours' community service in the UK after she pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers on board a plane at London's Heathrow airport.

Several of her former aides and maids have also sued her, accusing her of violent outbursts.

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