Mia Farrow told ABC News and prosecutors that Campbell had told her she planned to give the diamond to Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. The Fund told ABC News that it has no record of receiving any gems from Naomi Campbell.
White and Campbell are currently embroiled in dueling lawsuits. White was Campbell's agent at a London agency called Premiere Elite Modeling and then Premiere Modeling from 1992 to 2007. Bright is representing White in a suit against Campbell in which White alleges that Campbell owes her money for royalties earned on a perfume. Campbell's countersuit alleges that Campbell was tricked into an unfair deal for the perfume.
Bright said that White first told him the tale of the alleged 'blood diamonds' after the story first surfaced in an ABC News report in January. Bright said he did not realize at the time that prosecutors in a war crimes trial were seeking Campbell's testimony. When a second ABC News report aired in April, Bright asked White if she was willing to talk to prosecutors about the alleged blood diamonds, and she said she was willing. Neither a lawyer nor a spokeswoman for Naomi Campbell responded to requests for comment by press time.
A defense lawyer for Charles Taylor told ABC News Thursday that a "hearsay story of [Taylor] giving a gift of the diamond to a fashion model" would not prove the allegation that he bought arms while in South Africa.
The defense has ten days to respond to the prosecution's motion for a subpoena.