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Actress Mia Farrow is the latest to testify in the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor. On the witness stand in the Netherlands, Farrow disputed Naomi Campbell's earlier testimony (the British supermodel reluctantly took the stand on Thursday) about diamonds she allegedly received as gifts from Taylor in 1997.
Campbell, 40, had told the court that she was visited in the middle of the night by two men, during a stay at Nelson Mandela's home, and given what she called "very small, dirty looking stones." The supermodel also claimed that she didn't "know anything about Charles Taylor. Never heard of him before."
Campbell also claimed her former agent Carole White and fellow guest Farrow then alerted her to the fact that the diamonds likely came from Taylor. However, Farrow's testimony tells a different story entirely.
According to the U.K.'s Telegraph, Farrow, 65, stated that the morning after the gems were allegedly given to the supermodel, "Naomi Campbell joined us, and before she even sat down, she recounted the events of the evening. She said that in the night, she had been awakened. Some men were knocking at her door. They were sent by Charles Taylor and they had given her a huge diamond. Naomi Campbell said they came from Charles Taylor."
The actress went on to say, "As I recall it, she was quite excited and said, in effect, 'Oh my god, in the middle of night I was awakened by knocking at the door. It was men sent by Charles Taylor and he sent me,' as I recall, 'a huge diamond." Farrow added, “Her demeanor seemed excited. She seemed excited, happy.”
Driving the point home, Farrow went on to swear to the court, "It was an unforgettable moment. I remember when she came in on the breakfast and said she received a diamond from Charles Taylor. I can only tell you, and I swear on the Bible to this court and beyond, that is what Naomi Campbell said that morning at breakfast.”
Why is this all so critical to the case of the former statesman who's accused of having a hand in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people? As People reports, "Taylor, 62, is accused of supplying Sierra Leone insurgents with weapons in exchange for illegally mined diamonds. The alleged gift to Campbell is critical to the case being presented by United Nations prosecutors at the trial in the Netherlands. Taylor has denied owning or trading in any illegal diamonds."
Campbell claims that she feared for the safety of herself and her family, ever since learning of the accusations against Taylor. The supermodel was subpoenaed and called her time in court a "big inconvenience", saying, "I don't want anything to do with this" about being involved in the trial.
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