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Model Campbell denies US assault
Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell was ordered to appear in court again in June
Supermodel Naomi Campbell denied assaulting her housekeeper with a mobile phone when she appeared in a New York court.

It is alleged she attacked the woman when she could not find her jeans.

The housekeeper needed four stitches in the back of her head following the incident, prosecutors said.

The judge at Manhattan Criminal Court denied a request for Ms Campbell to surrender her passport. He ordered her to appear in court again in June.

She will appear on a charge of second degree assault.

Charity trip

Prosecutors alleged Ms Campbell was dressing to get ready for an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey TV show.

As she was walking downstairs the defendant threw a cell phone at her head
District attorney Elina Kreditor

She allegedly accused Ana Scolavino, 41, of stealing her clothes when she could not find her jeans.

District attorney Elina Kreditor told the court: "As she was walking downstairs the defendant threw a cell phone at her head."

Before the hearing, Ms Campbell's lawyer, David Breitbart, said Mrs Scolavino had been sacked because several items had gone missing from the house.

"When this happened this morning, all hell broke loose," he said.

He later told the court the south London-born model was due to fly to South Africa later in the day on a charity trip as a guest of Nelson Mandela.

She should not have to surrender her passport because it would be unfair on her and "all the children in South Africa she would be helping", he said.

'No risk'

As well as denying a request for the model to give up her passport, judge Richard Weinberg also refused a request to put up bail of $3,500 (2,000).

She was "not a risk of flight", Mr Breitbart told the court.

"She is probably the most recognisable and prominent model in the world," he added.

"There are few places she could go where she would not be noticed."

Mr Weinberg banned Ms Campbell from contacting Mrs Scolavino in any way.

He also ordered that Mrs Scolavino must give up her key to Ms Campbell's apartment.

We believe this is a case of retaliation because Naomi had fired her housekeeper earlier this morning
Spokesman for Naomi Campbell

A spokesman for Ms Campbell said the model had not assaulted her housekeeper.

"We believe this is a case of retaliation because Naomi had fired her housekeeper earlier this morning," he said.

"We are confident the courts will see it the same way."

Ms Campbell, who shot to fame after being discovered in London at the age of 15, has a history of rows with employees.

In 2000, she pleaded guilty to attacking her personal assistant Georgina Galanis, who told a Canadian court that Ms Campbell hit her with a mobile phone and threatened to throw her from a moving car in Toronto.

She was given an absolute discharge, paying an undisclosed sum to Ms Galanis.

In total, three of Ms Campbell's former assistants have accused her of acting abusively.


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