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EVEN by Naomi Campbell’s fiery standards it was an extreme tantrum.
One minute she was sitting quietly in the sumptuous seats of the first class section of a British Airway jet, with just one other passenger for company.
The next, she was delivering an expletive-filled rant against the aircraft’s unsuspecting captain, whose only mistake was to try to personally explain to her a problem with lost luggage.
While other passengers accepted the luggage problems that accompanied the opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 with quiet stoicism, the supermodel erupted.
Told one of her bags had gone missing, she ordered the captain to get off the plane and find it, holding up the flight bound for Los Angeles for almost an hour.
When cabin crew eventually called police to remove her she refused to leave and accused them of targeting her because she was black.
Yesterday Campbell was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service for kicking and spitting at police officers after going “berserk” on the aircraft.
She pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in west London to two counts of assaulting a police officer, one count of disorderly conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and using threatening, abusive words or behaviour to cabin crew.
Magistrates told the model that the community service was part of a 12-month order.
They also ordered her to pay compensation of £200 (€250) each to the police officers she assaulted, and £150 (€190) compensation to the aircraft captain, Miles Sutherland.
In addition she was ordered to pay fines totalling £2,300 (€2,900) and a £15 surcharge.
Campbell was on the flight bound for Los Angeles on April 3 and had paid £5,000 (€6,300) for the first-class ticket.
When police tried to forcibly remove her the model thrashed about violently, striking one officer with her mobile phone.
She then began kicking out with her platform boots and spat at one of the officers before being arrested.
The chairman of the magistrates’ bench Peter Yiacoumi told Campbell when sentencing her that they were giving her full credit for her pleas of guilty at the earliest opportunity and were taking into account her previous good character.
He said: “These offences are aggravated because they were committed within a lengthy incident in a confined space on an aircraft. Whilst we accept that the loss of your suitcase would have been stressful your behaviour cannot be justified.”
The court heard Campbell became upset and demanded to know where her bag was and started using her mobile phone. Meanwhile the captain began to go through her options with her.
The model was then heard to say on her phone: “They have lost my f**king bags, get me another flight, get the press, get me my lawyer.”
Campbell continued to shout at Captain Sutherland, as he tried to explain her options. “How dare you tell me what my options are? You are not leaving until you find my f**king bags,” she said.
As the captain walked away Campbell shouted: “You are a racist, you wouldn’t be doing this if I was white.”
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