After pleading guilty at West London's Uxbridge Magistrates Court Friday to the six offenses she was charged with — which included two charges of assaulting a police officer — Campbell was given a community order to perform 200 hours of unpaid work, alongside being ordered to pay fines, compensation charges and prosecution costs totaling 2,745 pounds, or $5,420 (less than a day's work for the supermodel).
"The situation is unfortunate, but, of course, Naomi will execute her community service," a spokeswoman for Campbell said Friday. It's the second time the model has been given community service; she served a similar sentence in New York last year, which became a media circus.
A spokesman for London's Crown Prosecution Service said magistrates had taken into account that the offense was aggravated, because it had taken place in a confined space, and that they had given Campbell credit for an early guilty plea. And despite her previous brushes with the law on both sides of the Atlantic, magistrates also treated her as "a person of previous good character," the spokesman said.
The incident occurred after a piece of Campbell's luggage wasn't loaded onto the British Airways flight, which was due to depart London's Heathrow Terminal 5 for Los Angeles in April. According to Press Association reports, the prosecutor told the court that Campbell screamed abuse at the plane's captain, who had tried to explain what had happened, ordering him to get off the plane and look for her suitcase, shouting, "I can't believe you have lost my f---ing bag. Bring me my f---ing bags now."
When Campbell was forcibly removed from the flight, the prosecutor said she alleged it was only because she was "black and famous." And the prosecution told the court that it was the thought of losing an Yves Saint Laurent outfit — Campbell features in the brand's fall campaign — that had agitated the model. "Miss Campbell explained...the reason why [losing the bag] was so awful for her was that she was contracted to wear a particular Yves Saint Laurent outfit on a U.S. chat show, and it was in the bag which hadn't been loaded," the prosecutor said.