Campbell denies claims she hit maid
Tuesday June 27, 2006 8:08 PM
Naomi Campbell has issued an "utter and complete" denial of new allegations that she hit a member of her staff, her lawyer has said.
The claims relate to a civil lawsuit filed in New York by former maid Gaby Gibson, who earlier this year told a newspaper the supermodel had hit her on the head and threatened to have her arrested.
The filing does not detail the allegations against the British beauty, but accuses her of "personal injuries", "civil assault", "civil battery" and "employment discrimination" among other complaints.
Mrs Gibson, who is seeking unspecified "actual, compensatory and punitive" damages, told the New York Post in April that Campbell got upset when she could not find a pair of Stella McCartney jeans.
The Streatham-born model appeared briefly in court in New York this morning on a separate, criminal, allegation that she threw a phone at housekeeper Ana Scolavino's head when she failed to locate a pair of denims she wanted to wear on Oprah.
The catwalk star, wearing a sleek black sheath dress, towering black stilettos and ankle bracelets, stood silently before the judge in Manhattan Criminal Court as prosecutors said a plea deal was possible in the case.
She would face up to seven years in prison and deportation if convicted on the charge of second degree assault.