Tuesday 10 August 2010

I thought Charles Taylor was on trial? Not Naomi Campbell

I didn't think I'd be writing about the 'Blood Diamond' trial again, but it's in the news everyday now.

Yesterday and today we had the actress Mia Farrow and Naomi Campbell's former agent give evidence. Both of them contradicting Campbell's earlier evidence.

Because of this you've got elements of the press making Campbell out to be the villain here. Have they forgotten that there is someone standing accused of war crimes?

If you look at today's Sun headline, they've clearly made up their minds on the matter, declaring Campbell to be a liar.

So you've got two stories contradicting each other, it's up to the jury to decide which evidence they believe to be more credible.

But who's to say Farrow and Carole White aren't lying or mistaken in their recollection of events?

There's no point in pretending that Naomi Campbell doesn't have an image problem.

She's one women I wouldn't want to get into a row with, and besides you wouldn't know what objects might be aimed at your head! But some of the coverage is a little unfair.

She didn't do herself any favours by telling the court that she didn't want to be there, and that her appearance was one big inconvenience but she's not the one standing trial. It's Charles Taylor!

Let's get some perspective here, she's an international supermodel who's a bit cut off from the real world. She's not perfect but at the same time she's not an alleged war criminal.

This trial has been going on for 3 years and I can't believe that the outcome is really going to come down to the evidence of a couple of celebrities.

I'm beginning to think the prosecution have got it wrong by calling Naomi Campbell and Mia Farrow as witnesses. It's turned the trial into a soap opera and overshadowed the real story of a former political leader accused of some truly horrific war crimes.


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