Naomi Campbell has escaped a prison sentence following her outburst on a British Airways flight at London’s Heathrow airport in April.
After pleading guilty at West London’s Uxbridge Magistrates Court Fridayto the six offenses she was charged — which included two charges of assaulting a police officer — Campbell was given a community order to perform 200 hours of unpaid work, alongside being ordered to pay fines, compensation charges and prosecution costs totaling 2,745 pounds, or $5,420 (less than a day’s work for the supermodel).
“The situation is unfortunate, but of course Naomi will execute her community service,” a spokeswoman for Campbell said Friday. It’s the second time the model has been given community service; she served a similar sentence in New York last year which became a media circus.
A spokesman for London’s Crown Prosecution Service said that magistrates had taken into account that the offence was aggravated, because it had taken place in a confined space, and that they had given Campbell credit for an early guilty plea. Magistrates also treated Campbell as “a person of previous good character,” the spokesman said.
The incident occurred after a piece of Campbell’s luggage wasn’t loaded onto the British Airways flight, which was due to depart London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 for Los Angeles in April. According to Press Association reports from the court Friday, the prosecutor told the court that Campbell screamed abuse at the plane’s captain, who had tried to explain what had happened, ordering him to get off the plane and look for her suitcase, shouting, “I can’t believe you have lost my f***ing bag. Bring me my f***ing bags now.”
When Campbell was forcibly removed from the flight, the prosecutor said Campbell alleged it was only because she was “black and famous.” And the prosecution told the court that it was the thought of losing an Yves Saint Laurent outfit — Campbell features in the brand’s fall campaign — that had agitated the model. “Miss Campbell explained…the reason why [losing the bag] was so awful for her was that she was contracted to wear a particular Yves Saint Laurent outfit on a U.S. chat show, and it was in the bag which hadn’t been loaded,” the prosecutor said.
Neither Campbell’s spokeswoman nor the spokesman for the CrownProsecution Service could confirm what sort of work Campbell would have to perform as part of her community service.