New York: The supermodel Naomi Campbell is facing the prospect of community service under a possible plea bargain to settle allegations that she threw a jewel-encrusted mobile phone at her maid. The 36-year-old catwalk star made a brief appearance before a judge in Manhattan on Wednesday for a hearing over the assault charge that was swiftly adjourned until January. In a figure-hugging grey dress and a black jacket, with four inch high stilettos and seamed stockings, she cut a striking figure as she sat among rows of petty criminals to wait for her case to be called. Prosecutors told judge Evelyn Laporte that behind-the-scenes legal discussions were continuing over the alleged attack on a former employee, Ana Scolavino, in which a Blackberry device is said to have been used as a weapon. Ms Scolavino claimed Ms Campbell threw a mobile phone at her after accusing her of stealing jeans the model had wanted to wear on Oprah Winfrey's television show.
Guardian Newspapers Limited 2006