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Tuesday, 12 February, 2002, 15:17 GMT
Supermodel has 'no regrets'
Naomi Campbell in court
Naomi Campbell is suing The Mirror newspaper
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has told a court she has no regrets about her career, which included a raunchy photo-shoot with singer Madonna.

She said she was an adult, had been modelling since she was 15, and chose to do what she pleased.

I am a drug addict... I am not ashamed of it because I am in recovery

Naomi Campbell

Miss Campbell is suing the Mirror for breach of confidence and/or unlawful invasion of privacy after it published a photograph of her leaving a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting last year.

Desmond Browne QC, for MGN publishers, was cross-examining the 31-year-old on her truthfulness, as the privacy case continued at the High Court in London.

Miss Campbell started to get impatient with Mr Browne and interrupted his questions a number of times.

'Public misled'

Mr Browne asked whether her evidence on Monday - that she had never been ashamed of the shoot for Madonna's controversial Sex book - was accurate.

She replied that she had said in a television interview that her grandmother "wasn't too thrilled seeing me with my clothes off frolicking around".

"But, I don't regret what I do for my job in the past."

Piers Morgan
Mirror editor Piers Morgan is due to give evidence
The Mirror article said that she had been receiving regular counselling in a "courageous bid to beat her addiction to drink and drugs".

MGN argues that Miss Campbell has previously deceived the public by boasting to the media that she had avoided illegal drugs when others in the modelling world had succumbed.

Mr Browne said the issue was whether celebrities like Miss Campbell were entitled to select information they released to the public, and then go to court seeking damages "when the truth is told".

The photographs of her leaving an Narcotics Anonymous meeting were taken in a public place and there was nothing in English law to prevent their publication, he said.

Vindictive press

What was published by the Mirror amounted to "additional details" to what was already known, he said.

Miss Campbell said the Mirror story was intrusive because she was followed and accused of doing something that was wrong.

"I wanted to take this action," she said. "It was my privacy being invaded."

The exchanges became heated when Mr Browne focused on Miss Campbell's complaint that The Mirror's original article was not sympathetic and that its subsequent coverage was "vindictive".

"I will always be an addict," she said.

"They knew nothing about the harm they could have done to me."


Mr Browne also asked about a reference in the Mirror to Miss Campbell being like a "chocolate soldier" when it came to campaigning.

The model has branded it a deliberately racist remark aimed at everything she campaigned for.

Mr Browne pointed out that the phrase meant someone who wilted in the heat and was ineffective - referring to her campaigning for the animal charity, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta).

He said she was sacked by Peta because she had appeared in a full length mink at a Fendi fashion show in Milan.

Miss Campbell denied she was sacked and said she left as she did not want to be part of an organisation which committed violence on designers she worked for.

The case continues.

The BBC's Emma Simpson
"Naomi Campbell is finding out there is little privacy in the witness box"
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