- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Naomi’s good works

Naomi Campbell traded the catwalk for a Manhattan sanitation garage yesterday as she arrived to start a five-day community service assignment for assault.

The supermodel arrived to push a broom or mop after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges for throwing a cell phone at her maid over a pair of missing jeans.

Miss Campbell, 36, was met by a garage official who escorted her through the building’s dirty steel double doors. She wore chocolate brown pants, a short fitted coat with a flared bottom, dark sunglasses and a newsboy-type cap over a short hairdo.

She didn’t acknowledge the horde of assembled media.

“Miss Campbell arrived on time to work. She came ready to work,” Albert Durrell, deputy chief of the Department of Sanitation, told reporters at a briefing outside the facility.

It’s the same sanitation depot where former Culture Club frontman Boy George performed his five-day community-service stint in August after a cocaine possession charge.

Unlike Mr. George, who performed his duties outdoors in full view of TV cameras, Miss Campbell will work inside the garage. She was issued protective gloves, a dust mask and reflective orange vest.

Because of her celebrity status, sanitation police officers will be stationed at each entrance of the facility, Mr. Durrell said.

Miss Campbell, who has a reputation for angry outbursts, pleaded guilty in January for hitting Ana Scolavino in the back of the head with the phone last March. Miss Scolavino was treated for a head injury.

In exchange for her guilty plea, Miss Campbell was ordered to pay Miss Scolavino’s medical expenses, do five days of community service and attend an anger-management program.

Jolie’s bundle of joy

Angelina Jolie arrived in Hanoi yesterday to complete the procedures necessary to take her adopted son Pax Thien Jolie to his new home in the United States.

The 31-year-old actress dodged reporters on her way from the airport after flying from Ho Chi Minh City, where last week she adopted the newest member of her family at an orphanage on the outskirts of the city.

Miss Jolie was expected to meet with U.S. Embassy officials today to apply for a visa for 3-year-old Pax. Once the visa is issued, she can take him to the U.S.

Miss Jolie’s oldest child, 5-year-old Maddox, who was adopted from Cambodia, came with her to Vietnam. She also has two daughters: Zahara, 2, who was adopted from Ethiopia, and 9-month-old Shiloh, who was born to Miss Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, in May.

Pattern of abuse?

Tales of legendary record producer Phil Spector’s reported abuse of women are coming out as he goes on trial in Los Angeles this week for the 2003 shotgun death of actress Lana Clarkson. Los Angeles magazine reports that Mr. Spector struck Joan Rivers’ former personal assistant, Dorothy Melvin, in the head with a gun in 1993 before telling her to “get back in the house” and “take your … clothes off.” When she ran to her car, Mr. Spector chased after her, “pumping a shotgun,” the magazine says. Two years later, according to the same report, he entered the New York hotel room of photographer Stephanie Jennings, “barred her door and pointed a gun at her.”

Yesterday the New York Post’s Page Six column reported that Mr. Spector’s lawyer, Bruce Cutler, said no charges were pressed in those cases and that the defense team didn’t “put any credence in what they say.”

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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