Supermodel Naomi Campbell, already facing court cases stemming from accusations that she assaulted two of her housekeepers, was sued on Thursday by a third employee who says the British-born beauty attacked her, Reuters reports.
In a one-page summons filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Campbell’s former assistant Amanda Brack said she was subjected to a series of “verbal, physical and emotional attacks” by the model shortly after she was hired by her in February of 2005.
“On at least four occasions, Campbell assaulted and abused my client,” Brack’s lawyer, Gerald McCarthy, told Reuters in an interview, describing a series of tantrums by the supermodel.
In one instance, McCarthy said, Campbell struck Brack in the face with her Blackberry, slammed her against a wall and slapped her repeatedly across the face because a piece of her luggage got left behind during a trip to Brazil.
He said Campbell threw a cell phone at Brack’s face during a subsequent outburst at the model’s New York apartment.
During an April 2005 photo shoot in Morocco, McCarthy said, Campbell exploded in rage at Brack over a forgotten article of clothing. He said that Campbell left her assistant stranded in Morocco without funds, tore up her passport and threw it into the swimming pool and left her to pay the hotel bill.
In a final incident at Campbell’s Park Avenue home, she ripped a sweater Brack was wearing “off her neck” and accused the assistant of stealing the garment, McCarthy said.
Brack, who was 19 when she worked for Campbell, is seeking unspecified damages for “assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, reckless infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment,” the suit says.
Campbell’s lawyer, David Breitbart, did not return calls seeking comment.
Brack is the latest in a string of former employees who have accused Campbell of abuse.
In March 2006, Campbell, 36, was charged with second-degree assault in Manhattan Criminal Court after authorities said she threw her cell phone at her housekeeper, Ana Scolavino, 42, opening a gash in the back of her head.
In June, a second maid, Gaby Gibson, claimed the celebrity struck her in the head. She has also filed a civil lawsuit accusing Campbell of personal injury, employment discrimination, civil assault and battery.
In February 2000, Campbell to pleaded guilty in a Toronto court to assaulting a former assistant.