Naomi Campbell, perfume firm settle NYC lawsuits

Associated Press Modified: June 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm •  Published: June 29, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Campbell and a perfume company have settled a sour dispute that started over a fragrance line and became part of the backdrop of former Liberian President Charles Taylor's war crimes trial.

Dueling lawsuits between the supermodel and an entity called Moodform Mission were closed Thursday, Manhattan court records show. Moodform Mission's lawyer, Daniel R. Bright, said Friday his clients "are happy with the settlement," but he wouldn't disclose details. Campbell's lawyer didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

The dispute involves Campbell's longtime former modeling agent, Carole White, who joined with a Miami Beach, Fla.-based cosmetics company to form Moodform Mission in the 1990s.

Her New York court fight with the model was mentioned at Taylor's 2010 war crimes trial, at which White contradicted the model's testimony about some alleged blood diamonds — gems used to finance wars — she received from the former Liberian president. Taylor was convicted of arming and supporting murderous rebels in Sierra Leone in return for blood diamonds; he was sentenced in May to 50 years in prison. He plans to appeal his conviction.

At his trial in the Netherlands, Campbell said she didn't know the source of the stones presented to her after a dinner at former South African President Nelson Mandela's mansion in 1997, or even that they were diamonds. She gave them to a friend to donate to charity.

When White took the stand and insisted that Campbell knew Taylor had provided the stones, Taylor's lawyer accused White of lying to further her lawsuit over the perfume fallout. White denied it.

In the perfume suit, Moodform Mission said it was unfairly squeezed out of its share of millions of dollars in profits from such scents as Naomi Campbell, Cat Deluxe and Seductive Elixir after working for years to line up a 1998 fragrance deal for Campbell.



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