Campbell: no grudge against tabloid editor


HONG KONG -- Naomi Campbell says she doesn't hold a grudge against a former editor of a British tabloid that ran photos of her leaving a drug counseling session six years ago.

Campbell won a privacy infringement lawsuit against The Daily Mirror over the photos in 2004. The legal case led to a public spat between Campbell and the newspaper's then-editor, Piers Morgan.

The 36-year-old supermodel agreed to be interviewed by Morgan for GQ magazine's April issue.

"I don't hold grudges and had moved on," Campbell told Prestige Hong Kong magazine its May issue.

"Three years later when we did sit down, I felt we were two human beings who actually shared something pretty big in common, a very high-profile court case," she said. "I found it really interesting, particularly since I also got the opportunity to ask Piers a few questions and make him sweat a bit."

The Law Lords, Britain's highest court, ruled in 2004 that The Daily Mirror had invaded Campbell's privacy.

Campbell had asked the panel to reverse an October 2002 ruling that the newspaper was justified in publishing a photo of her leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting because she had previously lied to the media about her drug use.

She had sued The Daily Mirror, claiming it had breached her right to confidentiality and invaded her privacy by running the February 2001 photos and a story that included details of her drug treatment. The supermodel testified that she felt "shocked, angry, betrayed and violated" by the story.

When the Law Lords' ruling was announced, Morgan said: "This is a very good day for lying, drug-abusing prima donnas who want to have their cake with the media, and the right to then shamelessly guzzle it with their Cristal champagne."

Campbell told Prestige Hong Kong she doesn't consider herself a role model.

"When people say that to me, I get a little nervous because ... I don't want to fail them," she said. "I don't think of myself like that."