NAOMI’S LATEST PICKLE: Naomi Campbell is in hot water again, this time across the pond. The British Crown Prosecution Service Thursday charged Campbell with six offenses linked to an alleged outburst last month on a flight from the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. The supermodel, whose charges could carry a maximum six-month jail sentence and fines, will be brought to trial at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court here on June 20.
Campbell was charged with three counts of assaulting a policeman, one count of disorderly conduct and two counts of using threatening behavior and abusive words to cabin crew. A dispute purportedly arose over lost Louis Vuitton luggage on a British Airways flight, from which Campbell was forcibly removed.
“Miss Campbell is bitterly disappointed that the prosecutors have advised her she is to be prosecuted for various offenses,” stated Campbell’s lawyer, Simon Nicholls. “She respects the decision and hopes this matter will be dealt with expeditiously.” The maximum sentence for Campbell’s alleged assault carries a six-month jail penalty and/or a fine of up to 5,000 pounds, or $9,850 at current exchange. The other counts each carry fines of up to 1,000 pounds, or $1,970.
This is not the first brush with the law for Campbell. Last year, the model served five days of community service in New York after pleading guilty to hitting her former maid with a cell phone in 2006, and in the same year she reportedly paid $400,000 to actress Yvonne Sciò to settle a dispute over an alleged assault out of court. Campbell also was arrested in London in 2006 for allegedly attacking her drug counselor, but British police did not press charges.
— Lucie Greene
WILL SHE SHOOT AT VERSAILLES?: It seems Dior has a new darling for its Miss Dior Chérie fragrance. The company is said to have signed Sofia Coppola to direct a TV advertising campaign, which will begin airing in September. The campaign reportedly will feature Byelorussian model Maryna. Dior had no comment on the speculation Thursday.
— Julie Naughton
SECOND CHANCES ALL AROUND: That James Frey’s reputation has been fairly rehabilitated in recent weeks is due to several factors, among them positive reviews of his novel, “Bright Shiny Morning”; the HarperCollins publicity team — and an unlikely behind-the-scenes duo now in the business of such projects. Former Details and Star editor in chief Joe Dolce and former MSNBC editorial director Davidson Goldin have teamed up to form DolceGoldin, a media strategy firm that started official operations a little less than a month ago. Frey actually introduced Dolce and Goldin, saying, “You should go into business together,” Dolce recalled. (Dolce’s partner, Jonathan Burnham, is the publisher of HarperCollins, which published Frey’s novel; Goldin, a college friend of Frey’s wife, was already informally advising the author.)
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They now have offices in TriBeCa and frequently hold meetings at Soho House, building a small client base largely through word of mouth. The aim is to capitalize on Goldin’s political and television roots and Dolce’s entertainment and magazine background. Their having crossed the aisle from editorial is also billed as an asset. “Given how many days we inadvertently ruined as journalists, we’re uniquely positioned to help clients,” said Goldin.
From their official literature: “The explosion of information sources — on air, in print, and online — means that a handful of intermediaries no longer monopolizes the gateway between those who make news and those who hear news. Blogs are replacing wire services as a primary source of ideas for reporters, editors and producers.” (Most of the last sentence is in boldface.) Dolce had first-hand experience of that when Jessica Coen, on her last day blogging at Gawker in October 2006, wrote of a telephone dispute she’d had with then-Star editor Dolce about removing a post about him — the application of an old media tactic to an indifferent new media world. Two years later, DolceGoldin’s clients will have to judge for themselves what he’s learned since.
— Irin Carmon
REMEMBERING FRANCINE CRESCENT: A memorial service took place in Paris last week for former French Vogue editor in chief Francine Crescent, who died May 9. She was 75. Considered an influential torchbearer of French chic, Crescent, who headed up French Vogue’s fashion pages from 1961 to 1984, and was married to Massimo Gargia, is said to have been instrumental in launching the careers of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, with whom she collaborated on numerous occasions.
— Katya Foreman