Don't expect Naomi to catwalk the plankJames A. Cohen in The New York Post, August 10, 2010
By LEONARD GREENE
Last Updated: 10:35 AM, August 10, 2010
Posted: 2:51 AM, August 10, 2010
Naomi Campbell won't have to worry about being charged with perjury for her "blood diamonds" testimony -- but she should be concerned with her reputation, legal experts said yesterday.
"They've got bigger fish to fry," said Jim Cohen, a Fordham University law professor. "There's no point in going after her. She would have to have done a lot of damage to their case to incentivize the prosecution to go after her."
Campbell's claims last week at The Hague that she didn't know stones she received were diamonds from then-Liberian President Charles Taylor fell apart yesterday when actress Mia Farrow said the model boasted about the gift.
Daniel Arshack, a lawyer who has argued cases in The Hague, said Campbell was "clearly not comfortable with receiving these things of value from Charles Taylor" and was trying to distance herself.
If charged, tried and convicted of perjury, Campbell could face a penalty of up to two years in prison and/or a fine of about $500.