Super model Naomi Campbell has been ordered to provide testimony in the war crimes trial of former Liberian warlord and ex-president Charles Taylor. Prosecutors at The Hague want to question Campbell about Taylor allegedly giving her uncut diamonds as a gift following a dinner at Nelson Mandela’s house in 1997. Taylor, who is in United Nations custody, is being tried for crimes against humanity by the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Diamonds from certain parts of Africa are known as “blood diamonds” because thousands of people are often killed. Prosecutors say Taylor was using blood diamonds to purchase weapons for insurgent fighters during Sierra Leone civil war.
Campbell has denied receiving any diamonds from Taylor, and Taylor told the Special Court for Sierra Leone he never gave Campbell diamonds, according to ABC News.
“I don’t want to be involved in this man’s case. He has done some terrible things and I don’t want to put my family in danger,”
Campbell told Oprah Winfrey during a television appearance May 3. But Campbell could be held in contempt of court if she fails to appear.