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Naomi Campbell says racism fuelled Heathrow incident


June 22, 2008/0.37

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been fined £2,300 and was sentenced to 200 hours’ community service after admitting two counts of assaulting a police officer and one of disorderly conduct.
   However, Campbell said to Sky News prior to her Friday court appearance that racism directed at her was one of the reasons she was sent over the edge when her luggage was lost at Heathrow Airport’s infamous Terminal 5 in April.
   She claims that she was called a ‘gollywog supermodel’ by British Airways staff.
   The Independent reports that Campbell was not alone in reporting the casual use of racial epithets by British Airways staff.
   Capt Doug Maughan, a pilot of 28 years, had filed a complaint after the use of the word coon during a training session. He also claimed Saudi Arabians were referred to as ‘rag-heads’ on one flight.
   The airline denies the allegations of racism.
   Campbell also had to pay £200 to each of the police officers involved and the captain of the disrupted flight, and was ordered to attend anger-management classes.
   She apologized ‘profusely’ to the Metropolitan Police but refused to apologize to British Airways, which she branded ‘disgusting’. 

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