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04.23.2014
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Memo Pad: Naomi's New Arrest... Tightening the Rules... Running Off

Whether it's fodder for another reality-based magazine fashion shoot remains to be seen, but Naomi Campbell has fallen foul of the law again.

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NAOMI'S NEW ARREST: Whether it's fodder for another reality-based magazine fashion shoot remains to be seen, but Naomi Campbell has fallen foul of the law again. The model was reportedly arrested at London's Heathrow airport Thursday evening, on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. The arrest reportedly followed a disturbance on a British Airways aircraft set to depart from the airport's recently opened Terminal 5.

"Police were called to a disturbance at Heathrow Terminal 5 on Thursday and arrested a 37-year-old female on suspicion of assaulting a police officer," said a spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police Thursday. "She was then taken into custody." The spokesman added that the woman could be held in custody for up to 24 hours before being charged.

According to reports in the British press, the dispute followed the loss of a piece of Campbell's hand luggage at the airport.

The model's arrest Thursday is the just the latest episode in her long history of brushes with the law, which stretch back to an alleged assault on an assistant in Canada in 1998.

Last year, the model served five days of community service in New York after pleading guilty to hitting her former maid with a cell phone in 2006, and in the same year Campbell reportedly paid $400,000 to actress Yvonne Sciò to settle a dispute over an alleged assault out of court. Campbell also was arrested in London in 2006, for allegedly attacking her drugs counselor, but British police did not press charges.

Since Campbell performed her community service in New York last year, she's attempted to distance herself from her various assault allegations. Earlier this year, British GQ published the model's first interview in her role as a correspondent for the magazine — she sat down with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, no less. Meanwhile, the model staged a fashion show at the end of last September's London Fashion Week, to raise money for the victims of flooding in England. — Nina Jones

TIGHTENING THE RULES: The House of Representatives and the Senate have similar legislation in the works to change the way tobacco is marketed and advertised. A spokeswoman for Rep. Lois Capps (D., Calif.) said in order to get something passed by the end of this year (especially during an election year), the two chambers will need to come together on one version as soon as possible. In the House's proposed legislation, the Federal Drug Administration would be granted more power over how ads are used — including stronger, more specific cigarette warning labels and ad requirements. Some examples would include limiting ads in publications with a high-youth readership and the prohibition of terms such as "light," "low" and "mild," a jab at the hot pink Camel No. 9 ads that are running in some magazines now. — Amy Wicks

LAST YEAR'S TO YOU, AU COURANT TO SOMEONE ELSE: Not every teen can afford to look like the cast of "Gossip Girl" at prom, so Hearst Magazines is bringing a charitable element to the event with a new Web site, DonateMyDress.org, currently in beta mode. Teens visiting the site will be encouraged to donate their special occasion dresses to those who cannot afford one. It will also provide a directory of local dress drive locations across the country. There are organizations that donate dresses to teens, but this is the first national Web site to bring them all together.
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