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By Michael P. Orsi
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Topic - Jeremy Ractliffe
A trustee of a Nelson Mandela charity said he will leave the organization after being caught up in a scandal involving a supermodel, a warlord and rough diamonds.
Naomi Campbell's former agent fended off defense accusations Tuesday that she lied to the war crimes court to further her own lawsuit against Campbell, insisting the model knew she was receiving diamonds from Charles Taylor.
Naomi Campbell flirted with Liberia's former president across the dinner table at Nelson Mandela's presidential mansion in 1997 and boasted the following morning that Charles Taylor had given her a huge diamond during the night, Mia Farrow and another witness testified at Mr. Taylor's war crimes trial Monday.
Naomi Campbell's former business agent has told a war crimes court the fashion model flirted with former Liberian President Charles Taylor at a 1997 dinner and he arranged to send her a gift of uncut diamonds.
Naomi Campbell flirted with Liberia's former president across the dinner table at Nelson Mandela's presidential mansion in 1997 and boasted the following morning that Charles Taylor had given her a huge diamond during the night, Mia Farrow and another witness testified at Taylor's war crimes trial Monday.
Naomi Campbell told Mia Farrow that she received a "huge diamond" from the former president of Liberia, the actress said from the witness stand Monday, contradicting the model's testimony that she didn't know the value of the gift from accused war criminal Charles Taylor.
Mia Farrow testified Monday that model Naomi Campbell told her she had been sent a "huge diamond" by former Liberian President Charles Taylor, directly contradicting Campbell's evidence last week at Taylor's war crimes trial.
Naomi Campbell's friend said Friday that he had handed over three small uncut diamonds to South African authorities after the supermodel testified at an international war crimes court that she had given him the "dirty-looking stones."
Mr. Ractliffe, a respected businessman, has said he kept the stones and did not report them to authorities in a bid to protect the reputations of Mr.
Mr. Ractliffe said he didn't tell the foundation about the diamonds, and kept the stones in a safe for 13 years until he handed them over to police after Ms. Campbell's testimony.