Mar 7, 2010
Chauffeur takes the rap in Naomi Campbell row
Mar 7, 2010
NEW YORK, March 4, 2010 (AFP) - British supermodel Naomi Campbell on Thursday 4 March declared an end to her war with a limousine driver after he apologized for getting police involved and accusing her of beating him over the head.
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On Tuesday 2 March New York police sought the model over an allegation that she hit her driver in the back of the head while he was driving, causing his face to slam against the steering wheel of the Cadillac Escalade.
But two days later the driver issued an apologetic statement and said he had been over-reacting when he accused Campbell of attacking him with a cellphone from the back seat of the car.
"On March 2nd, I had an argument with Naomi Campbell, I got angry and overreacted. It was a misunderstanding and I regret involving the police," the statement said.
"This whole thing has been blown out of proportion and I apologize to Ms. Campbell for causing that to happen."
Police did not file charges against Campbell and the hot-tempered catwalk diva said the matter was closed and that she just wanted "to put the last few days behind me and move on."
"I try to treat everyone with respect and I am pleased the driver has apologized," Campbell said in a statement. "I would like to put the last few days behind me and move on."
Campbell has a record of violent tantrums.
In 2008, she pleaded guilty to assaulting police officers in London's Heathrow Airport. She also pleaded guilty to throwing her cell phone at a maid in New York.
On Tuesday 2 March, according to police, the driver said Campbell hit him, then left the scene on foot after he stopped the vehicle and went to talk to a traffic police officer.
Police said the driver suffered a minor injury under his eye.
Campbell said: "I have worked very hard on correcting my previous wrongdoings and I will not be held hostage to my past."
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