Naomi Campbell sues The Daily Telegraph
It is more headlines for Naomi Campbell who is suing The Daily Telegraph for libel. The supermodel is taking legal action against the newspaper after it claimed that she was planning an elephant polo tournament in India.
The article which was published on November 3 reported that guests at a party hosted by Campbell for her Russian billionaire boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, would play a game in three-a-side teams. Letters of complaint and protests outside the party venue then prompted Naomi to file a claim against The Daily Telegraph. Campbell denies any allegations of animal cruelty and the article has since been removed from the newspaper's website.
"We are instructed to pursue this matter until it is satisfactorily resolved. The allegations caused damage to our client - apart from the widespread repetition of the allegations, there were also protests outside the venue, and Indian government departments who wrote to us," said Campbell's solicitor Michael Simkins LLP partner Gideon Benaim.
"However, it seems to me that government authorities and animal welfare groups in India were simply reacting to the untrue claims that had been made. The simple truth is that there was no plan for elephant polo. Ms Campbell did not cancel it because it was never going to happen in the first place. We have as yet no idea where the false claims originated from, perhaps The Telegraph will let us know in due course."
This isn't the first time that Campbell has sued a publication. In 2001 she took legal action against the Daily Mirror for breach of privacy when it ran photos of her leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
[via Vogue UK]