NAOMI CAMPBELL has revealed that she was attacked in Paris in 2012. Recalling the ordeal, she revealed that she sympathised with reality star Kim Kardashian West, who was targeted during Paris Fashion Week last October. The supermodel told talk-show host Wendy Williams that she kept her ordeal “on the down-low” and didn’t call security after the incident.
“They followed me from the airport. They attacked me. They opened my car door and said, ‘Naomi Campbell, we’re going to kill you.’ I didn’t make it so public. I didn’t want it to be. I think there’s a picture of me in a wheelchair at the time,” Campbell recounted, reports US Weekly, adding that she believes the driver was in on the plan. “I was going to see my lovely papa, Azzedine Alaïa. I went to the car, and it wasn’t my normal driver. And it was weird because he had the window rolled down. It was freezing cold in November. I was like, ‘Wait a minute! This is weird.’”
Campbell shared that her thoughts went out to Kardashian West over her ordeal, especially in light of allegations that the October incident – which saw five armed assailants force their way into the Paris apartment where she was staying, before tying her up and stealing millions of pounds worth of jewellery – had been fabricated. She also stated that she believes the two incidents were the work of an organised crime organisation.
“It’s a whole ring that’s been happening for a few years now,” Campbell asserted. “I very much sympathise with her. I felt for her right away. I hated hearing these stories that it wasn’t true. It was absolutely true, and it happened to me and it’s happened to a few other people that I’m not at liberty to say, but are well known also.”
Campbell went on to explain that her own ordeal was cut short thanks to a last-minute decision on her part not to make numerous stops on the way from the airport to meet Alaïa, which meant that she was immediately assisted by her friends.
“I wanted to stop at a pharmacy,” she told Williams. “My papa called me and said, ‘My daughter, where are you? We’re ready to eat dinner.’ At that point, I abandoned the idea. Thank God it happened outside Azzedine Alaïa’s shop, because that’s where the entrance is to get into the house. My friends came out and saved me, basically.”
The British supermodel also revealed that she surprised herself with her reaction to the attackers.
“You decide in a very split moment – and I don’t know if I’d ever do this again in hindsight – ‘Am I going to let this guy take my bag with all my passports or am I going to fight for it?’ My decision was, ‘I am not letting my bag go.’”