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Naomi Campbell Sued by Former Assistant

November 19, 2003 GMT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Naomi Campbell has been sued by a former administrative assistant who alleges the supermodel struck her and threw a phone at her during a tantrum two years ago in a Beverly Hills hotel.

The lawsuit, filed Sept. 15 in state Superior Court in Morris County, was reported in Tuesday’s editions of The Star-Ledger of Newark.

Simone Craig, 29, of Morristown, alleges Campbell grabbed her by the arms and threw her down on a couch during a tantrum at L’Hermitage Hotel. It also alleges that Campbell held Craig prisoner in the room and yelled at her, ``You’re going to stay here and do your job.″


John Rosenberg, a lawyer for the 33-year-old British model, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Campbell ``categorically denies the allegations.″

The lawsuit says Craig immediately quit. She’d been hired two weeks earlier by a New York agency to work for Campbell, the court papers said.

Last week, Campbell’s New York lawyer asked that the case be moved to federal court in Newark.

``It’s an unfortunate byproduct of visibility and celebrity that individuals such as Ms. Campbell are subjected to this sort of claim,″ Rosenberg said Tuesday.

In February 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty in Toronto to an assault charge for beating assistant Georgina Galanis while making a film in Canada in 1998. Under an agreement with the prosecution, Campbell expressed remorse and was released without punishment or a criminal record.

Rosenberg declined to provide details of a settlement with Galanis.