Actress Mia Farrow gives blood diamond evidence

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Farrow contradicts Naomi Campbell’s testimony over ‘huge diamond’ gift

Actress Mia Farrow gave evidence at ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor’s trial in The Hague today, where she contradicted Naomi Campbell’s statement that she had received two or three ‘dirty-looking’ stones and did not know who had sent them.

The actress claimed that Campbell told her at breakfast the next morning that she had received a huge diamond from Charles Taylor’s men and planned to donate it to Nelson Mandela’s charity.

Farrow said: "What I remember is Naomi Campbell… said, in effect, ‘Oh my god… last night I was awakened by knocking at the door and it was men sent by Charles Taylor and he sent me… a huge diamond.’

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"And she said that she intended to give the diamond to Nelson Mandela’s children’s charity."

Super model Naomi Campbell gave evidence last week to the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Netherlands. Campbell told the court she had received several stones, which she had given to Jeremy Ractliffe of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF).

Ratcliffe has since handed the gems to police, who have confirmed that they are real diamonds.

Carole White, Naomi Cambell’s former model agent, is currently giving evidence at the trial. She has told prosecutors that Campbell and Taylor were ‘mildly flirtatious’ throughout dinner and that she overheard Taylor promise the model a gift of diamonds, which it was arranged he would later send with some of his men.

White said Campbell ‘seemed excited about the diamonds and she kept talking about them’.

Taylor has been accused of illegally mining diamonds for the purpose of raising money to fund Sierra Leone’s RUF rebels during the 1991-2001 civil war. He has denied all charges.

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