It sounds like a bizarre story—Naomi Campbell suing a newspaper over a story about elephant polo. Yep, you read right. But the details explain it all.
In November, the supermodel threw a birthday party for her Russian billionaire boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, Calling it a lavish bash would be an understatement. “Campbell’s fete included chartered jets flying in A-list guests from all over the world, a 15th-century Indian fort and live music from Diana Ross,” reports the Huffington Post. But, according to a story in London’s Daily Telegraph, Campbell also organized an elephant polo match in India for the birthday celebration. Because of the story, Campbell and Doronin received stern warnings from animal welfare groups, says HuffPo. This understandably made Campbell, who is known to never back down from a fight, mad. This time however she got her lawyers involved.
Now the star of “The Face” is suing the British newspaper for libel. “Campbell first denied the elephant polo match back in November, saying through a spokesperson that the rumors were “completely untrue.”
“On December 5, she and her legal counsel filed a libel claim in London,” says the story. The newspaper has since taken down the story from its website.
We’ve never heard of playing polo on elephants. (Horses, yes.) But elephant polo is a sport that goes way back and is highly controversial. “Animal rights groups like PETA have been long-time critics of elephant polo, calling the sport a “shameful vestige of the British Empire” and denouncing the practice of keeping the animals chained in captivity,” explains Huffington Post.
Sounds like Naomi might actually have a good point on this one.