Naomi Campbell gets six-month suspended prison sentence

By: | Published: August 2, 2015 2:05 AM

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was convicted of assault by Sicilian court for scratching a paparazzo's eye in August 2009.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was convicted of assault by a Sicilian court for scratching a paparazzo’s eye in August 2009.

The 45-year-old Naomi Campbell was given a six months suspended prison sentence, which her lawyer has vowed to appeal, reported E!Online.

“We are appealing the ruling surrounding the 2009 incident,” attorney Guido Carlo Alleva said in a statement.

“Due to the ongoing legal process, we cannot discuss the matter further at this time,” Carlo Alleva added.

The incident occurred when the photographer, Gaetano Di Giovanni, was snapping pictures of the model with her then-boyfriend, Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin, as they stepped off their boat in the Sicilian town of Lipari.

Di Giovanni took photographs of the couple as they strolled through the narrow streets and did some sight-seeing, when Campbell hit him with her purse.

The presumably designer handbag ended up scratching Di Giovanni’s eye, causing him to seek medical treatment and take three days to recover from the injury.

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