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Campbell charged with assaulting police officers

SUPERMODEL Naomi Campbell is facing a possible 18 months in prison after being charged with assaulting two police officers at Heathrow Airport.

The charges relate to an incident last month when she was removed from a flight bound for Los Angeles following an alleged row over luggage.

Campbell, 38, was charged with six offences when she answered bail at Heathrow police station yesterday.

The model is charged with three counts of assaulting a constable, one count of disorderly conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and two counts of using threatening, abusive language or behaviour to cabin crew.

She is alleged to have assaulted two police officers, one of them on two separate occasions, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Campbell could be jailed for up to six months and/or fined up to £5,000 (€6,400) for each count of assaulting a constable if she is found guilty.

The supermodel arrived at the police station in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes just after 11.30am wearing a pinstriped dark suit and sunglasses.

After spending half an hour inside being informed of the charges, she was driven away and refused to answer any questions from waiting reporters.

Her lawyer Simon Nicholls read a statement on her behalf.

He said: “Miss Campbell is bitterly disappointed that the prosecutors have advised her she is to be prosecuted for various offences.

“Prosecutors in this case have decided she needs to be prosecuted in the magistrate’s court. She respects that decision and she hopes this matter is dealt with expeditiously.”

Campbell will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in west London on June 20.

The model was flying with British Airways from Heathrow’s recently-opened Terminal 5 to the US for a memorial service on April 3 when she was arrested.

Her spokeswoman said at the time that Campbell had already boarded the jet when she was told that one of her bags was missing.

It was reported that a row ensued and she was handcuffed on board. She was being removed by police officers when the alleged assault took place.

At the time her spokeswoman blamed the incident on the chaos that had engulfed the new terminal. BA has since banned the model from flying with them.

The supermodel was among thousands of passengers to have lost their luggage during the disastrous opening two weeks of the new T5 building.

BA lost 19,000 bags and cancelled hundreds of flights, causing disruption to tens of thousands of travellers.

Campbell was discovered by a model agency in Covent Garden, central London, at the age of 15, and was the first black model to appear on the covers of Time magazine and French and British Vogue.

Last year, the supermodel was ordered to spend a week mopping floors at a New York City warehouse for hitting her maid with a mobile phone.

She was sentenced in January 2007 after pleading guilty to reckless assault, and also ordered to attend a two-day anger management course and cover her victim’s medical expenses.


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