Campbell to be arrested
13:30 28 September 2006
A warrant has been issued for Naomi Campbell's arrest.
A judge ordered the supermodel to be taken into custody after she failed to appear in a New York court yesterday (27.09.06) on charges of attacking her housekeeper.
Adjourning the case, Judge James Gibbons of the Manhattan Criminal Court warned Campbell's lawyer David Breitbart: "She is absolutely obligated to appear at the next court date or the law will go into effect. A bench warrant will be issued."
Trying to explain his client's failure to appear, Breitbart said: "The press are all over this girl. There are over 100 cameramen outside this courthouse."
However, the judge dismissed his argument saying, "they have a right to be there".
New York prosecutors claim the supermodel, 36, threw a cell phone at her housekeeper, Ana Scolavino, hitting her on the back of the head.
Breitbart had wanted to explain Campbell's absence to the judge privately, but Gibbons denied the request.
If found guilty, Campbell could face up to seven years in jail.
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