Naomi Campbell charged over London plane incident

Thu May 29, 2008 3:26pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been charged with assaulting a police officer after a disturbance on a plane at Heathrow's new Terminal 5, Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Thursday.

The 38-year-old, who is based in New York, is due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates Court, west London, next month charged with five offences over last month's incident.

She was escorted off a U.S.-bound flight after she claimed that one of the two bags she had checked in had gone missing.

"Ms Campbell has today been charged with three offences of assaulting a constable, one offence of disorderly conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and one offence of using threatening, abusive words or behavior to cabin crew," a CPS statement said.

It added that Campbell faces up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of 5,000 pounds ($9,862) for the alleged assault.

(Reporting by Andrew Hough. Editing by Stephen Addison and Paul Casciato)

<p>British model Naomi Campbell arrives at Heathrow Police Station, where she reported to the police, at Heathrow Airport, in west London, May 29, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird</p>