Last week, the Mail on Sunday ran a story that said that Naomi Campbell was close with a number of questionable characters.
The list included that of Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Mike Tyson in the article titled “Naomi’s Very Rum Chums”.
The supermodel slammed the paper on her YouTube channel calling the report “distorted”.
“This is a direct character assassination and it belongs in an Orwell book,” Campbell said in the five-minute video. She added that throughout her career she has “rubbed shoulders with hundreds of thousands of people”.
“I find it extraordinary that of all the hundreds of thousands of people that I’ve stood next to take pictures with at a public event they’ve only chosen these few,” she said.
The icon then went on, “it’s going to be very difficult to be photographed at public events because you’re going to be thinking, ‘If you do take a picture, it’s going to be taken out of context and used in a negative way.’”
Campbell came under fire last week when it was revealed she flew on the private jet of Epstein.
“I was introduced to him on my 31st birthday by my ex-boyfriend Flavio [Briatore, the Italian businessman who has been convicted of fraud]. He was always front and centre at Victoria’s Secret shows,” Campbell recalled in the clip.
Epstein was linked to the lingerie company through their parent company, L Brand’s head Leslie Wexner who Epstein reportedly had control over Wexner’s finances and personal life. Further reports in The New York Times alleged that many of the young girls that were brought to Epstein’s home were told they were auditioning for Victoria’s Secret.
In the video, Campbell further adds, “What [Epstein] has done is indefensible, and when I heard it sickened me to my stomach just like everybody else.”
“I’ve had my fair share of sexual predators and thank God I had good people around who protected me from this,” she said. “I stand with the victims. They are scarred for life.”