London: Naomi Campbell’s former agent has claimed that the model and Charles Taylor were "mildly flirting" on the evening before the Liberian leader was alleged to have given the supermodel "blood diamonds”.
Carole White said Taylor, promised during the dinner at Nelson Mandela`s residence in 1997 that he would present the gift to Naomi Campbell, who she said was sitting next to him.
Appearing at the war crimes trial of Taylor, who is accused of supporting brutal rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone`s civil war between 1996 and 2002, White said: "Naomi was very excited and told me `He`s going to give me some diamonds`. She leaned back in her chair to talk to me,” reports the Telegraph.
She said Taylor was leaning forward, "smiling and nodding in agreement".
"They were being charming to each other, mildly flirting. They were just being affable. Naomi, I think, was flirting with him and he was flirting back,” said White.
She said they were "enjoying each other`s company", adding: "I just heard them laughing and talking but I can`t recall the conversation."
White said she was Campbell`s main agent for 17 years before they split in 2006.