Campbell agent denies lying over Taylor diamonds 'gift'





The former agent of supermodel Naomi Campbell has denied lying in her testimony at the war crimes trial of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor.

Under cross examination, Carole White repeated allegations that Ms Campbell received diamonds from Mr Taylor after a dinner in South Africa in 1997.

Defence counsel Courtenay Griffiths called her account "a complete pack of lies" made up to assist a lawsuit over breach of contract with Ms Campbell.

"It's not a lie," Ms White said.

The former agent is suing Ms Campbell for breach of contract, claiming that the model owes her about $600,000 (£375,000) in lost earnings over the past two years.

"Put bluntly," said Mr Griffiths, "For you this is all about money, there ain't nothing funny."

Ms White responded by saying: "I can categorically tell you, this happened. I told people about it after the journey, people that I trusted. It was quite funny at the time. It's not so funny now."

"It has nothing whatsoever to do with my business argument with Naomi Campbell," Ms White added. "This is not about money. This is about a very serious matter and I am telling the truth."

Blood diamonds

Mr Taylor is standing trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, sitting in The Hague....

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