March 3, 2010 / 8:00 PM / 9 years ago

Naomi Campbell off the hook on assault accusation

Naomi Campbell answers a question during an interview with Reuters before the Fashion For Relief Haiti fashion show and auction in London February 18, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British supermodel Naomi Campbell will not face charges related to assault accusations by her driver, New York police said Wednesday.

The 39-year-old model was accused of striking her driver from behind and causing his head to hit the steering wheel of the car Tuesday afternoon. By the time police arrived at the scene in Midtown Manhattan, Campbell had left on foot.

New York police said in a statement Wednesday that the driver “filed a harassment complaint, but elected not to pursue criminal charges” and that there would be no arrest.

Campbell’s spokesman Jeff Raymond said after the incident that there should no be a rush to judgment on the supermodel and that “there is more to the story than meets the eye.”

It was not Campbell’s first brush with the law.

In 2008 Campbell was sentenced by a London court to 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to assaulting two police officers during an expletive-filled incident after she had discovered an airline had lost one of her bags.

Campbell also spent five days mopping floors and cleaning toilets as part of a community service sentence in New York in 2007 after throwing a mobile phone at her housekeeper during an argument over a pair of jeans. She was also ordered to attend anger management classes.

In a previous incident with a telephone in 1998, Campbell assaulted an assistant, Georgina Galanis. The model agreed in 2000 to plead guilty in a Toronto court to the assault in exchange for expressing remorse, paying Galanis an undisclosed amount of money and attending anger management classes.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by Vicki Allen

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