Naomi Campbell

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You probably know that Naomi Campbell pled guilty yesterday to assaulting police officers after a mid-air disturbance on British Airways. If you missed it, get all the details in our news story here.

But here's some backstory from Britain's Sky News (via gossip guy Perez). Yes, Naomi admits she was wrong, but she has more to say about why she went off:

"I was called a racial name on that flight. And that was part of my reaction. Again, nothing to do with the police but yes from British Airways. I was called a golliwog supermodel, I don’t think that’s really fair, do you?' Would you like it if someone turned round and called you a golliwog supermodel?

"I mean, I’m proud to be a black woman, I’m proud to be British, I’m proud of the job that I do, but I did not call anyone names of color, of their race. And, you know, I’ve had to leave all of that out of court...because at the end of the day the real problem was, I took my upset and my, the end of my wrath came out on the police, which was wrong."

The airline denies Campbell's suggestion that any such slurs were slung:

"BA does not accept any allegations of racism. We are proud of our diversity. We have strict policies concerning dignity at work and have long-standing training programs on diversity and inclusion."

In other words, Naomi, kiss those frequent flyer miles good-bye.

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