Naomi Campbell is at it again. No, not falling flat on her impossibly skinny arse on the catwalk, but suing a newspaper. This time, though, there may be merit in her actions.
This is not the first time Naomi Campbell has had brushings with the press. In 2004, the supermodel won an epic battle against the Daily Mirror after they’d published a pic of her exiting a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
So much for anonymity. The star commenced legal proceedings immediately after the photograph was published in 2001, suing for Breach of Privacy.
Despite losing the case and having to pay Naomi Campbell, including ‘expensive legal costs’, ten years later the verdict was, in principal, overturned.
The fact that she was in a public place must have weighed heavily in the Mirror’s favour. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the expenses the newspaper had paid was tantamount to a violation of freedom of expression.
Naomi Campbell’s stance on animal cruelty is well-known
It’s doubtful whether the The Telegraph will receive similar support from the courts on this occasion, though. Not only because there seems to be an elephant of truth in Naomi Campbell’s case but also the story the newspaper is being sued for goes against something the supermodel advocates openly.
Naomi Campbell is an avid campaigner for cruelty against animals to be halted. The Telegraph ran a story in early November suggesting that she was organising an elephant polo tournament at a party she was hosting in honour of her partner, Vladislav Doronin.
The story, which has subsequently been removed from The Telegraph’s website, triggered an amazing backlash. As with everything in the press, nothing is unique for long.
The story rippled across many other media sites, damaging Naomi Campbell’s reputation as the waves grew force. The allegedly untrue story has also invoked protests both outside the venue for the Russian billionaire’s party and outside targeted Indian governmental buildings and offices.
Gideon Benaim, the solicitor acting on behalf of Naomi Campbell, categorically states that the organising of an elephant polo match was as mythical as the creatures’ graveyard. He also emphasised that Ms Campbell hadn’t cancelled the event after the story hit the headlines either, “because it was never going to happen in the first place.”
The solicitor has been instructed to continue with the action until the matter is “satisfactorily resolved.” Given the fact that The Telegraph have taken the story down, you’d have to imagine that this case will not take three years as did the case against The Mirror.