Naomi Campbell to appeal suspended prison sentence

Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell Credit: EPA

Naomi Campbell will appeal the six-month suspended prison sentence she was handed on Friday, July 31 relating to an incident that took place six years ago.

A Sicilian court found her guilty of assaulting a photographer on the island of Lipari in August 2009 when he tried to take pictures of her and her then-boyfriend, Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin.

The couple had moored their yacht and were heading to visit the local town when photographer Gaetano Di Giovanni began photographing them, causing Campbell to hit him with her handbag, which scratched one of his eyes and led to three days of recovery.

"I had just started taking some shots of her and I did not expect such a violent reaction," Di Giovanni said in 2013, when Campbell was ordered to stand trial.

Following the ruling, Campbell’s lawyers told Page Six: “We are appealing the ruling surrounding the 2009 incident.”

It is the third assault conviction for the Streatham-born supermodel. In 2000, she pleaded guilty to assaulting her personal assistant Georgina Galanis with a mobile phone, and in 2001 she pleaded guilty to assaulting her former housekeeper, Ana Scolavino.