British model Naomi Campbell is known for her celebrity TV spots, fashion magazine covers, perfumes, and now, all her creditors will know her as being delinquent with her Federal Tax obligations as well.
According to tax watchdog Robert Snell, the IRS filed a Notice of Federal Tax Lien against her last month with the New York City Registrar’s office for taxes owed in 2009. Naomi reportedly owes $63,487 in unpaid tax.
The lien, which is required to list a taxpayer’s permanent address, gave Naomi’s address as the Carnegie Hall Tower skyscraper in New York City.
Campbell has endured a checkered past. Her legal issues have become equally prominent with her celebrity status. And if you’re her assistant, watch out.
In 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty to a 1998 assault on Georgina Galanis, her assistant at the time. Campbell had allegedly assaulted Galanis with a telephone in a hotel room and threatened to throw her out of a moving vehicle.
In March 2005, Campbell allegedly slapped assistant Amanda Brack and beat her around the head with a BlackBerry.
In 2006, Campbell again accosted a member of one of her many entourages. She was arrested for allegedly assaulting her housekeeper with a jewel-encrusted mobile phone, resulting in a bloody head that required several stitches.
The assaults keep on coming. In 2006, another former Campbell housekeeper, Gaby Gibson, began an assault court case against Campbell seeking unspecified damages. In 2007, Campbell pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless assault against her housekeeper Ana Scolavino. In March of this year, Campbell’s limousine driver filed a report with the New York City Police Department claiming that Campbell had slapped and punched him.
Her last few weeks as well have been interesting, to say the least. She had to appear in court in The Hague, Netherlands, on August 5 to give evidence at the war crimes trial of Liberian dictator Charles Taylor.
According to Hollyscoop.com, during the trial, Naomi was accused by her former agent Carol White of receiving “blood diamonds,” jewels mined in a war zone and sold to aid warlord activity or invading forces’ campaigns. She claimed she received them as a gift at a party held at former South African President Nelson Mandela’s house in September 1997.
She was forced to give the “dirty pebbles” back and now has a huge tax lien to worry about. She is dating one of the richest men on the planet so I imagine the IRS is looking for full payment.
Oftentimes, the IRS will use situations like Campbell’s to drive home a simple point: The IRS does go after the big fish. Campbell, and others like Rapper Young Buck and actor Chris Tucker, serve as prominent examples to discourage tax delinquency among the rest of us.