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Naomi Testifies About Blood Diamonds

Yeah, they probably came from Charles Taylor, model says at his war crimes trial
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2010 7:16 AM CDT
Updated Aug 5, 2010 7:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Naomi Campbell may not like to talk about it, but she did, in fact, receive a gift of diamonds probably from former Liberian President Charles Taylor, she said today at his war crimes trial. Campbell testified that two men gave her a pouch containing a few “very small, dirty-looking stones” following a Nelson Mandela-hosted dinner in 1997, the AP reports. Her agent and Mia Farrow clued her in that the “gift” was diamonds, most likely from Taylor.

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Taylor is accused of providing weapons to rebels in Sierra Leone in exchange for blood diamonds, but Campbell said at the time she "had never heard of Charles Taylor before, never heard of the country Liberia before, had never heard the term 'blood diamonds,'" adding that "they were kind of dirty-looking pebbles. When I'm used to seeing diamonds I'm used to seeing them shiny in a box." For more on the trial, click here.

(Read more Naomi Campbell stories.)

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