July 13, 2006
Naomi Campbell faces new employee abuse suit
By Jeanne King
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Supermodel Naomi Campbell, already
facing court cases stemming from accusations that she assaulted
two of her housekeepers, was sued on Thursday by a third
employee who says the British-born beauty attacked her.
Campbell's former assistant Amanda Black said she was subjected
to a series of "verbal, physical and emotional attacks" by the
model shortly after she was hired by her in February of 2005.
Brack, who was 19 at the time, is seeking unspecified
damages for "assault, battery, intentional infliction of
emotional distress, reckless infliction of emotional distress
and false imprisonment," the suit says.
"On at least four occasions, Campbell assaulted and abused
my client," Brack's lawyer, Gerald McCarthy, told Reuters in an
interview, describing a series of tantrums by the supermodel.
In one instance, McCarthy said, Campbell struck Brack in
the face with her Blackberry, slammed her against a wall and
slapped her repeatedly across the face because a piece of her
luggage got left behind during a trip to Brazil.
He said Campbell threw a cell phone at Brack's face during
a subsequent outburst at the model's New York apartment.
During an April 2005 photo shoot in Morocco, McCarthy said,
Campbell exploded in rage at Brack over a forgotten article of
clothing. He said that Campbell left her assistant stranded in
Morocco without funds, tore up her passport and threw it into
the swimming pool and left her to pay the hotel bill.
In a final incident at Campbell's Park Avenue home, she
ripped a sweater Brack was wearing "off her neck" and accused
the assistant of stealing the garment, McCarthy said.
Campbell's lawyer, David Breitbart did not return calls for
Brack is the latest in a string of former employees who
have accused Campbell of abuse.
In March 2006, Campbell was charged with second-degree
assault in Manhattan Criminal Court after authorities said she
threw her cell phone at her housekeeper, Ana Scolavino, 42,
opening a gash in the back of her head.
In June, a second maid, Gaby Gibson, claimed the celebrity
struck her in the head. She has also filed a civil lawsuit
accusing Campbell of personal injury, employment
discrimination, civil assault and battery.
In February 2000, Campbell to pleaded guilty in a Toronto
court to assaulting a former assistant.