Naomi Campbell charged with assault
Court beckons over Heathrow rumpus
WSA Battling Streatham clotheshorse Naomi Campbell has been charged with assaulting two police officers during an incident aboard an LA-bound British Airways flight at Heathrow's T5 last month which saw the supermodel escorted from the aircraft by armed police.
She will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on 20 June on a total of three assault charges, the Crown Prosecution Service said. Each carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000. She'll also have to answer one count of disorderly conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, (punishable by a fine of up to £2,500), and two counts of using threatening, abusive words or behaviour towards cabin crew (maximum penalty of £1,000).
The whole sorry affair was provoked by BA mislaying one of Campbell's two checked bags, and then informing her she'd have to leave the flight as a result.
This reportedly didn't go down too well, with the vociferous celeb allegedly screaming: "Why can't you do anything right? Get all my bags on this flight. I'm Naomi Campbell."
Police called to the scene were allegedly called "assholes" by the furious supermodel, while witnesses claim she "spat in the face of one officer and tried to kick and punch others".
Campbell learned her fate when she reported to Heathrow police station just after 11:30 BST this morning, the BBC notes. She refused to speak to reporters, but her lawyer Simon Nicholls described her as "bitterly disappointed" to learn she'd be hauled before the beak.
He said: "Prosecutors in this case have decided she needs to be prosecuted in the magistrates' court. She respects that decision and she hopes this matter is dealt with expeditiously."
In case you're wondering, Campbell wore "a dark pinstriped suit and sunglasses" for her appointment with justice. ®
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