Prior to her testimony Thursday, Campbell had told ABC News that she never received a diamond from Taylor. She reluctantly appeared at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague to give her version of events the night she met Taylor at the home of Nelson Mandela in 1997. She arrived at court under police protection, and said during testimony that appearing was an "inconvenience" for her.
On the stand, Campbell claimed two men came to her room at Nelson Mandela's residence in the middle of the night after a dinner at which she'd met Charles Taylor for the first time. She says the men woke her up, said "A gift for you," and handed her a pouch with several "dirty-looking" stones inside with no note or explanation.
She denied that she had been flirtatious with Taylor at dinner or had been seated next to him, or that he had told her he planned to give her a gift of diamonds. She said she had not been in contact with him since the dinner.
She said she had given the stones to Ractliffe in hopes they could be used for charity.
"I just said take them, do something with them, make sure some children benefit from them," she told chief prosecutor Brenda Hollis.
Campbell said that Ractliffe told her he did not have time to sell the stones, and that he still has them.
Campbell was subpoenaed by the international tribunal following an ABC News report about allegations that Taylor had given her the uncut "blood diamonds."
Until the ABC News report, Campbell had refused to cooperate with the court. Taylor is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Campbell testified Thursday that she had never heard of Taylor, Liberia or blood diamonds when she met the Liberian president in 1997.
The prosecution first learned of the alleged gift of "blood diamonds" from Farrow. After an ABC News report on the alleged gift, Carole White came forward and told prosecutors that she was also at the dinner, and was with Campbell later that evening when a group of Taylor's men delivered a half-dozen uncut diamonds.
Campbell was "disappointed" by the stones, according to White's lawyer Daniel Bright, because they were not yet cut to sparkle like the diamonds used in jewelry.
Farrow told ABC News that she saw Campbell the morning after the dinner. According to Farrow, Campbell was "all a-twitter" when she recounted how she was given "a huge diamond" by Taylor's men in the middle of the night.
In court Thursday, Campbell denied discussing the size of the diamonds after receiving them. She said she had breakfast with White and Mia Farrow the morning after receiving the pouch, and that one of the two women suggested to her then that the gift must have come from Taylor because no one else at the dinner would've given her such a gift.
When ABC News asked Campbell about the incident at New York Fashion Week in February, she denied ever having received a blood diamond.
"I didn't receive a diamond and I'm not going to speak about that, thank you very much. And I'm not here for that," said Campbell.
She stormed out of the interview, slapping a producer's camera.