The supermodel says hitting her housekeeper with a cell phone was an accident

By Tim Nudd and Nina Burleigh
Updated January 16, 2007 12:20 PM

Naomi Campbell pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of misdemeanor assault for attacking her former housekeeper, Ana Scolavino, with a cell phone last March.

“I threw a cell phone in the apartment. The cell phone hit Ana,” the supermodel said in Manhattan Criminal Court, the Associated Press reports. “This was an accident, because I did not intend to hit her.”

Tracy Golden, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, confirmed that Campbell pled guilty to assault in the third degree and was sentenced to five days of community service and two days of anger management. “She will pay restitution for the medical bills incurred by the victim,” Golden tells PEOPLE. That restitution comes to $363.32.

Campbell appeared in court with her lawyer, David Breitbaut.

The D.A.’s office said Campbell must report to a community service center, where she will be told what form of service to do. The date of that meeting has yet to be decided.

Prosecutors had claimed Campbell, 36, attacked Scolavino over a pair of missing jeans, causing lacerations that required four stitches. After the incident, Campbell pleaded not guilty, and her rep characterized the housekeeper’s charges as retaliation for being fired.

The Scolavino case is one of several in which Campbell has been accused of acting violently. In July, a former assistant claimed Campbell hit her with a BlackBerry, slammed her against a wall and slapped her repeatedly across the face. In November, a former maid sued Campbell, saying she hit her and made bigoted remarks about her.

Of the various charges, Campbell recently complained that she has become a “target” for opportunists.

The London-born model’s troubles with the law are nothing new. In 2003, she was sued by a former assistant who alleged that Campbell had thrown a phone at her in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2001. In another incident, in February 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty in Toronto to beating an assistant with a telephone.