Naomi Campbell Blamed BA Employee Statement For Tantrum, BA
Supermodel Naomi Campbell pleaded guilty to assault on Friday
her April 5 bout of “air rage”
which she claims was sparked by a racial slur directed at her.
Campbell spat on an officer, and was arrested and charged with
suspicion of assaulting an officer after being asked to get off the
British Airways plane she expected to fly to Los Angeles because
one of her bags had been lost.
According to Reuters, Campbell claims she was likened to a black
"Golliwog" doll during the flight in an interview with Sky
"I was called a racial name on that flight and that was part of
my reaction," she said. "I was called a 'Golliwog supermodel' -- I
don't think that's really fair, do you?"
The term, referring to a black rag doll from children's
literature, is considered to be a racial slur in British culture.
When asked who had used the term, she replied, "Someone on the
flight, not a passenger."
British Airways rejected the claims of racism Saturday.
"British Airways does not accept any allegations of racism," the
airline said in a statement. "We are proud of our diversity.
"We have strict policies concerning dignity at work and have
long-standing training programs on diversity and inclusion."
The model pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers and
to a public order offence. Neither she nor her lawyers mentioned
racist comments during her court case. She was subsequently
sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid community work and was ordered to
pay 200 pounds compensation to one of the police officers, 150
pounds to the captain and 2,300 pounds in fines.
In the Sky interview, Campbell apologized to London's
Metropolitan Police force, but added: "As for British Airways, I
just think they are disgusting." In April,
Campbell claimed she was boycotting British
Airways for her treatment during the incident.