Model Arrested After Confrontation With BA Employee
Talk about the perfect storm.
British Airways has been battling record high oil prices and the
stigma of an industry-wide loss of customer esteem. Last week, the
public debut of BA's gleaming, new Terminal Five at London Heathrow
Airport was supposed to bring a great improvement to traffic flow
at the busy airport. Instead, thousands of passengers had their
bags lost or misdirected, and hundreds of flights had to be
On Friday, just when it looked as if things couldn't getmuch
worse, Naomi Campbell -- the notorious, hot-headed supermodel --
was told by a BA employee she'd have to get off the plane she
expected to fly to Los Angeles, because one of her bags had been
The 37-year-old reportedly balked at the request, and the
airline called local police to forcibly eject her, according to The
Associated Press. In the resulting confrontation, police say C
ampbell spat on an officer, and was hauled off to be charged with
suspicion of assaulting an officer. She was reportedly released on
bail shortly after midnight Saturday morning.
This is not the first time the London-born fashion star has made
news for her tantrums.
In 2000, she pleaded guilty in Toronto to assault charge for
beating an assistant while making a film in Canada two years
earlier. In her plea deal, Campbell expressed remorse and avoided
punishment or a criminal record.
In a more widely publicized incident in January 2007, Campbell
pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for throwing her cell phone
at her maid, in what was said to be a dispute over a missing pair
of jeans. She sentenced to community service and required to attend
a two-day anger-management program.
Given reports of at least one fistfight between addled British
Airways workers... perhaps Campbell will have some company the next
time she goes through that program.