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NAOMI ESCAPES PRISON — AGAIN: 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 Friday to the six offenses she was charged with — 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).
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“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 magistrates had taken into account that the offense was aggravated, because it had taken place in a confined space, and that they had given Campbell credit for an early guilty plea. And despite her previous brushes with the law on both sides of the Atlantic, magistrates also treated her 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, 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 she 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 Crown Prosecution Service could confirm what sort of work the model would have to perform as part of her community service.
Nevertheless, Campbell still found time to walk at Dolce & Gabbana’s pajama-inspired men’s show Saturday. “We were on the phone the other day. She said was coming to Milan. So we asked her if she wanted to walk and she said yes,” said Domenico Dolce. Campbell wore drawstring silk boxers and a swaying silk kimono both bearing a black-and-white tiger print. Despite Campbell’s recent notoriety, actor Gerard Butler, who was ringside at the show, needed prompting from Anna Wintour as to who the model was. “Oh wow, really?” Butler said, apparently astonished. Meanwhile at Versace, Janet Jackson headlined a star-studded front row, which included Tom Ford, actors Rupert Everett, Dominic Cooper and Butler, and Houston Rockets guard Tracy McGrady.
— Lucie Greene and Andrew Roberts
MOVING UP: Men’s Vogue has promoted associate editor Michael Mraz to managing editor. He succeeds Owen Phillips, who will join The Wall Street Journal’s new glossy magazine WSJ. as deputy editor. Mraz has been with the publication since December 2005, and edited stories on automotive, sports and fitness. He also served as assistant editor at Grand Street, a literary and visual arts quarterly. A successor for Mraz has not been named.
— Stephanie D. Smith
ACTING ICONIC: On Thursday night Italian jeweler Damiani opened the doors of its fifth U.S. boutique in the Two Rodeo complex in Beverly Hills with the announcement of Sharon Stone as the face of its new international print ad campaign.
Vice president and chief designer Silvia Damiani welcomed Stone to the store, where several of the images were displayed on plasma screens throughout the polished wood and marble space.
Shot by Sølve Sundsbø on March 20 in Los Angeles, the color images feature Stone in poses inspired by iconic women such as Amelia Earhart.
“This campaign went way beyond fulfilling our every dream,” said Stone, who collaborated closely with Damiani and Sundsbø. “We started with images of women who were winning and the great feeling you have when you’ve won.” Stone is also featured wearing an old-fashioned swimming cap, a nod to the first woman who swam the English Channel, and in another shot wears a medal.
“She embodies many values of the modern woman: She has great intelligence, a big heart, and is a devoted mother,” said Damiani, who has known Stone for some time.
When asked about Stone’s outspoken nature and the controversy caused by her recent comments on China’s earthquake, Damiani replied, “I think a person should be judged as a whole. She did a mistake and she apologized. I am absolutely sure that she is a person with a great heart who cares for people.”
Stone, an ardent AIDS activist, said her participation in the campaign was decided by Damiani’s agreement to donate 2 percent of sales to charity. “We are going to provide clean drinking water in countries where diamonds are mined. It was very important for me that if we are going to take diamonds out of the earth that we put something back in,” continued Stone. “It’s just a tiny dent that means some kind of example of decency. I found it shocking that no other company would agree to that.”
— Marcy Medina