Actress Mia Farrow testified at the trial of Charles Taylor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague yesterday.
Last week, you may remember that Naomi Campbell, 40, gave evidence that two men came to her bedroom following a dinner with Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa and gave her a pouch of uncut diamonds.
The following morning over breakfast with agent Carole White and actress Farrow, Campbell claimed that one of the two said that the men were sent at the behest of Taylor to which she replied “yes, I guess.” She claimed that until then she had “no idea” who sent her the “dirty looking stones”.
Yesterday, Farrow, 65, contradicted Campbell’s testimony. “What I remember is Naomi Campbell joined us at the [breakfast] table but before she even sat down she recounted an event of that evening. She said that in the night she had been awakened and some men were knocking at the door and they had been sent by Charles Taylor.”
When asked about what she knew about Taylor before the dinner, she said: “Shamefully I didn’t know any connection with diamonds or anything like that, with him at the time.”
Prosecutors claim Taylor, 62, gave weapons to armed gangs in Sierra Leone in exchange for illegally mined diamonds — known as ‘blood diamonds’ — during the country’s 1992-2002 civil war. He stands accused of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and cannibalism.
Taylor denies all charges, however. He says he has “no real experience with the diamond business”.
Prosecutors hope evidence showing Taylor gave Campbell diamonds will disprove this.
- Mia Farrow contradicts Naomi Campbell in Charles Taylor trial (Guardian)
- Naomi Cambpell appears in Charles Taylor / Liberia ‘blood diamonds’ trial (The Solicitor)
- International Criminal Court
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