Naomi Campbell said Taylor gave her a diamond: Farrow

Mon Aug 9, 2010 6:57pm EDT
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By Aaron Gray-Block

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Actress Mia Farrow told a war crimes court on Monday that she had heard Naomi Campbell say she had been given a "huge diamond" by Charles Taylor, contradicting the British supermodel's testimony last week.

Campbell told the Special Court for Sierra Leone she had been given "dirty looking pebbles" after a 1997 dinner in South Africa, but did not know if they were diamonds from the then Liberian president, on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In court on Monday, Farrow said the model had joined a group of guests at breakfast after the charity dinner, hosted by South African president Nelson Mandela, and had started relating something that had happened overnight.

"She said in the night she had been awakened by men knocking at her door and they had been sent to her by Charles Taylor, and they had given her a huge diamond," Farrow said, adding that Campbell had been "quite excited" about it.

Farrow told the court Campbell had said she would give the diamond to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, adding that "it was a sort of an unforgettable moment".

Taylor is charged with 11 counts of instigating murder, rape, mutilation, sexual slavery and conscription of child soldiers during wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in which more than 250,000 people were killed. He denies all the charges.

Defense lawyer Courtenay Griffiths questioned Farrow's recollection and also her impartiality, because of her active campaigning for justice for the victims of Africa's wars.

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<p>A frame grab shows actress Mia Farrow testifying at the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor at the U.N. Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam August 9, 2010. REUTERS/Special Court for Sierra Leone via Reuters TV</p>