Naomi Campbell found GUILTY of assault

Naomi Campbell found GUILTY of assault

02 Aug 2015

The supermodel has been convicted by an Italian Court

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence in Sicily, Italy, after she was convicted of a 2009 assault on a paparazzo.

Naomi was on vacation on the island of Lipari in August, 2009, with her then-boyfriend, Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin, when she reportedly became angered by the presence of photographer Gaetano Di Giovanni, who snapped away at the couple as the pair walked through the local town.

Campbell allegedly lost her temper and swung her purse at Di Giovanni, scratching his eye and leaving him in need of medical treatment.

The model's attorney managed to reach a settlement with the photographer, who agreed to drop the charges against Campbell, but prosecutor Francesco Massara decided to press ahead with the case, insisting it was in the public interest to pursue the counts.

Her attorney, Guido Carlo Alleva, has vowed to challenge the conviction. A statement issued to reads, "We are appealing the ruling surrounding the 2009 incident. Due to the ongoing legal process, we cannot discuss the matter further at this time."