While the number of alleged physical assaults against the British-born beauty is constantly increasing, with many more personal assistants pressing charges of having been, at one point or
another, hit in the head with Campbell favorite weapon of choice - a phone - she is yet to answer in front of a judge for the case dating back to March this year.
Ana Scolavino was among the many former employees of the model with not such a model behavior that pressed charges against her for assault. But, unlike the many others before and after her, Scolavino's case actually got to go to court, which cannot be said about Naomi herself.
She was to appear yesterday in front of a Manhattan judge to plead in the case, but she was a no-show. After seeing that the catwalker failed to appear, Judge James Gibbons issued a bench warrant on her name, which he revoked only minutes later, after the model's attorney explained to him the reasons for which his client wasn't there.
Apparently, Naomi Campbell failed to be present in court because, quote, 'she has a right to her privacy', a thing she cannot have while tens of cameramen follow her all over the place, and that includes the Manhattan Criminal Court. The judge seemed to be very understanding as he revoked the order, but he then stated: 'I want to make it clear that she is absolutely obliged to appear at the next hearing. If she fails to appear on that court date, the warrant will go into effect'.
Her lawyer was more than happy with the outcome of the hearing and hopeful that a second date wouldn't be necessary; reports from the press indicate that the model is considering reaching a plea bargain with the alleged assaulted personal assistant. Nevertheless, his statement, delivered to the press on the steps of the courthouse went something like this:
'I cannot tell you why she is not here. You can guess, you can presume, but you should rest assured that if she could have been there, she would have been there. [...] I believe she is a target. She is a prominent individual, there was an accusation, and all of a sudden we're getting served with papers from all over, from other employees who think this is a payday. You say "Naomi hit me" and think somebody's going to hand you cheques for 50 or 100 or 200 or 300,000 dollars. If you looked at these complaints, you would see that those lawsuits are frivolous'.