Naomi Campbell Sues Telegraph Over Elephant Polo Story

Campbell spokeswoman denies model planned an elephant polo tournament in India.


LONDON: Naomi Campbell is suing the Daily Telegraph for libel over an article claiming she organized an elephant polo tournament in India, according to the Guardian.

A spokeswoman for Campbell emphatically denied that the model, who campaigns against animal cruelty, had planned an elephant polo tournament in Jodhpur as stated by the article on Nov. 3.

The article, headed "Elephant polo at Campbell's party criticized", said celebrity guests at a party thrown by Campbell for her partner, the Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin, would play the controversial sport in three-a-side teams. The online version of the article has been removed from the Telegraph website.

A spokeswoman for Campbell described the claim as "completely untrue" and said lawyers in London had been instructed to take action.

Campbell formally filed her libel claim against Telegraph Media Group, the publisher of the Daily Telegraph, at the high court in London on Dec. 5. She has instructed the London law firm Michael Simkins over the article.

Telegraph Media Group declined to comment, said the Guardian.