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Naomi Campbell defiant over chauffeur incident

Naomi Campbell - file photo 26 February 2010
Campbell pleaded guilty to assault charges in 2000

Naomi Campbell said she "will not be held hostage" to her past misdemeanors after hearing a New York chauffeur will not press criminal charges against her.

Ms Campbell was alleged to have hit the driver from behind, causing his head to hit the steering wheel.

"I have worked very hard on correcting my previous wrongdoings and I will not be held hostage to my past," she said.

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

"I try to treat everyone with respect and I am pleased the driver has apologised," her statement continued.

"I would like to put the last few days behind me and move on."

The incident took place in New York on Tuesday.

Campbell's driver, Miodrag Mejdina - who had been hired for the day - initially 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.

However, a lawyer for the 27-year-old driver, apologised on his behalf on Thursday, saying he "got angry and overreacted".

"This whole thing has been blown out of proportion and I apologise to Ms. Campbell for causing that to happen," said Mr Mejdina in a statement, adding that he regretted involving the police.

'Reckless assault'

In 2000, 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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