Mia Farrow to testify in “Blood Diamond” case

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Actress Mia Farrow has been summoned! Well, no, not really. But she will be testifying in court about witnessing Liberia’s Charles Taylor giving model Naomi Campbell a Blood Diamond in 1997. A “Blood Diamond” is a diamond that is mined illegally and is often used to fund terrorist groups. The diamond was allegedly presented to Campbell at a “celebrity dinner hosted by then South African president Nelson Mandela” (Yahoo! News).

“Taylor, 62, has been on trial since 2008 for his alleged role in the civil war in Sierra Leone, accused of arming rebels in return for illegally mined diamonds. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers, enslavement and pillaging. [Campbell's agent, Carole] White and Farrow, both present at Mandela’s dinner, claim to have proof that Campbell was given a diamond by Taylor” (Yahoo! News).

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 19: Actress Mia Farrow attends the New York premiere of 'Be Kind Rewind' at Tribeca Cinemas on February 19, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)It is unclear if Campbell will be forced to give up the gem, or if the evidence will only help convict Taylor.

“The prosecution alleges the rough diamond was among those Taylor had obtained from Sierra Leone rebels and took to South Africa ‘to sell … or exchange them from weapons'” (Yahoo! News).

Naomi Campbell always seems to be in some kind of pickle, doesn’t she?

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

 

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