Satanic model Naomi Campbell is now claiming that she feels remorse and regret over the actions that landed her a community service sentence in a New York court.
"I'm remorseful and regretful," Campbell told the New York Daily News in a phone interview. "I'm trying to live my life and do some things for charity. I'm taking my punishment, and I accept that. I've accepted my responsibility and that's that. I have no idea what [community service] I'll do. Whatever they tell me to do, I'll do with my integrity, and that's it."
Campbell, as you know, was charged with hitting her maid in the head with a cell-phone in a fit of pique. When asked by the Daily News about this and other anger-related incidents, Campbell replied, "I work on myself daily. I work on my program of meditation and prayer and try to stick to it. It's important to me."
Campbell denies, however, that "working on herself daily" includes participating in bizarre rites related to the religion Candomble. Says Campbell, "I'm Church of England, Protestant. I was christened that. ... I went to a party for a guy whose birthday it was [Candomblé priest Tuca Franchini]. ... I don't discriminate against what religion people have. That's what he does, but it doesn't mean I have to be involved in it."
So, Campbell claims that she feels remorse over her actions. Maybe I can buy it. I do, however, have to maintain a certain skepticism. Naomi needs to convince me that she really does fell bad about what she's done. And there's really only one way for her to do that - by not hitting any more maids in the head with cell-phones or Blackberries or anything else that causes bruising.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007