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31st Jul 2015

BREAKING: Naomi Campbell Found Guilty of Assault in Sicilian Court

The model was convicted in relation to a 2009 assault.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been convicted of assault. 

The verdict was returned by a Sicilian court on Friday, in relation to an incident dating back to 2009.

The fashion star was given a six month suspended prison sentence, which her lawyers have vowed to appeal.

“We are appealing the ruling surrounding the 2009 incident,” her attorney Guido Carlo Alleva said in a statement.”Due to the ongoing legal process, we cannot discuss the matter further at this time.”Burberry "London In Los Angeles" Event - Arrivals

Campbell has been found guilty of assault

The Telegraph reports that the incident in question occurred when paparazzo Gaetano Di Giovanni was taking pictures of the supermodel with her then-boyfriend Vladimir Doronin while  the couple were holidaying in Sicily.

When the photographer followed the pair, Naomi hit him with her handbag. According to the law suit, the bag scratched Di Giovanni’s eye, leading him to seek medical treatment.

Though Campbell’s lawyers were able to secure an agreement with the photographer, leading him to withdraw charges, Italian prosecutor Francesco Massara ordered the trial go ahead anyway, saying it was in the public interest given the intensity of the charges.