Category: I Didn't Want a History Lesson

PREACH IT! Naomi Campbell strikes again -- literally

Naomi Another day, another smackdown for some mortal who dares to speak unto Naomi Campbell. The glamazon is already infamous for her fashionable fists of fury, having faced accusations of assaulting more than a half-dozen people, including, but not limited to, a maid and a driver. Now comes word that Campbell has turned her wrath on the press.

The whole scrum started at an interview. ABC News sat down with Campbell this week to discuss, among other things, the current war-crimes tribunal against former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Taylor is accused of using blood diamonds to fuel a campaign of terror against the neighboring country of Sierra Leone, and there’s a story going around that Taylor once gave Campbell just such a blood diamond.

The war-crimes prosecutors would love to talk to Campbell to confirm that story; it sure would help send Taylor to jail, after all. But so far, she’s declined to cooperate. When ABC asked her about the blood diamond, Campbell got antsy.

"I didn't receive a diamond and I'm not going to speak about that," Campbell told ABC News. She then ended the interview. And punched the camera in a producer's hand.

Actually, there’s some indication that Campbell isn’t merely a bully but also, maybe, a liar. Take it away, ABC:

Campbell's alleged receipt of a "blood diamond" first surfaced after actress Mia Farrow told prosecutors she heard Campbell describe a "huge diamond" she had received from Taylor. "You don't forget when a girlfriend tells you she was given a huge diamond in the middle of the night," Farrow told ABC News. ... "She said during the night, some men had knocked at her door and she, half asleep, had opened the door and it was representatives of President Charles Taylor and that they had given her a huge diamond," Farrow told ABC News. "We were like, 'oh my gosh.'"

Does all this add up to evidence that Campbell is being dishonest with the law? Possibly. But it definitely proves something else: She hasn’t changed. Like so many other celebrities who have been given second and third chances, Campbell has been at this bullying-and-denial business for -- no joke -- a decade now, catwalking in and out of anger-management classes and courtrooms.

In a February interview with CNN, she called herself a “work in progress” who has nonetheless faced her "demons." Maybe she and her demons need to pencil in a few more meetings.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Photo: Naomi Campbell speaks at a Women for Women International campaign at the Brooklyn Bridge on March 8, 2010, in New York City. Moments later, Campbell calmly sold the bridge to onlookers who'd been admiring her collection of anger-management certificates. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images.

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The JFK photo that could have changed history -- if it were really *him* with those naked ladies

Jfk barenaked ladies

Sometimes it's good not to be that guy.

And in this case, "that guy" would be TMZ, the website that is very often right but occasionally quite wrong. This time? El wrongo -- about a supposedly scandalous, hidden-from-history picture of John F. Kennedy.

Around 2:30 a.m. EST today, TMZ published an article titled, "The JFK Photo That Could Have Changed History."

OMG look! It's JFK! On a boat! With naked ladies! And he's not even paying attention to them!

How divinely "Mad Men," yes?

TMZ was pretty proud of the info and willing to share, albeit with a raft of restrictions and permissions, which is par for the course as such things go. There was a video too (it's a bit of a snoozer) in which a forensic photography expert describes his analysis of the image. Dishiest of all? The alleged timing of the photograph was such that, if it were real, JFK would've been relaxing through all these high jinks while wife Jackie Kennedy was in the hospital suffering through an emergency C-section of a stillborn baby.

The cad!

And all this while he was gunning for the VP nomination!

So as the story went ...

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Lady Gaga says she'll wear latex for the queen -- well, duh.


Lady Gaga has been invited to entertain Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance, and given the singer's history of outrageous ensembles, more than a few people are wondering what the heck she'll wear. 

"I'm sure it'll be some latex fashion venture," Gaga told "Extra" on Monday night while at a signing for "The Fame Monster," her new CD.

So the singer won't change her style, even for the queen -- but is she actually kissing up to her majesty?

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Someone's about to make $14,000 off Charlie Sheen's 9/11 Truther conspiracy theory


Howdy! Cowardly corporate media reporting in on the status of "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen's filmmaking contest-slash-quest for the truth around the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

Sheen really really wants President Obama to do a little more 9/11 investigating. So he took his cause to the grass roots, offering a script of an interview with the president and dangling a reward:

"Lights! Camera! Action! Film you and your friends re-enacting Charlie Sheen's explosive open letter to the President and submit for your chance to win $14K, and other great prizes!" 

Wow, where was the Ministry when this offer was made? We have credit card bills to pay! Plus who doesn't love other great prizes?

Or conspiracy films!

"The only aspect of this piece that had to be manufactured," Sheen says, "were the president's words."

Oh. Yeah, well, there's that.

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