British Papers Appeal Campbell Ruling
The legal fight of Naomi Campbell isn’t over yet, reports Reuters. On Monday in London’s High Court, two British newspapers that had lost their cases to the supermodel over their coverage of her purported battle with drugs and her public “lies” about her addiction launched formal appeals against the earlier rulings. In March, as PEOPLE.com reported at the time, Campbell, 31, won damages of $5,360 from the tabloid Daily Mirror for breach of confidence and invasion of privacy charges stemming from a report that she was attending meetings of Narcotics Anonymous. Issuing his challenge to that ruling, the Mirror’s attorney, Desmond Browne, on Monday made reference to Campbell’s “notorious conduct” and “tantrums” and how she had publicly lied about her drug problem, said Reuters. Legal experts in England are comparing the issue in the case to those that would factor into a First Amendment case in the United States — that is, to what extent celebrities can gag the media and how much the public has a right to know. Browne, who labeled the March decision in the case “trivial,” went on to say that the Mirror’s coverage of her alleged personal problems was sympathetic. (The second paper named in the appeal is the News of the World, which faced earlier court action for printing a story from Campbell’s former personal assistant, again about the model’s alleged bad behavior.) Browne insists that it is a matter of public interest that role models such as Campbell should be exposed if they are presenting false images of themselves. So far there has been no reported comment from the Campbell camp.