Campbell ‘cancelled Promo Event Over Stairs’

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June 8, 2010 | 9:54am EST

Naomi Campbell’s former agent has accused the British supermodel of once cancelling a promotional appearance for her perfume line on a whim – because she didn’t want to walk a flight of stairs.
The catwalk star is facing a court showdown with her former representative Carole White as part of a lawsuit from bosses at cosmetics marketing company Moodform Mission. The beauty executives are suing Campbell for allegedly backing out of a fragrance deal with the company, which saw her release scents such as Naomi Campbell and Seductive Elixir with manufacturers Procter & Gamble.
In an affidavit, obtained by the New York Post, White claims the supermodel failed to meet her obligations to promote the range – and in 2000, scrapped an appearance at a televised awards show in Australia because she refused to use a set of steps.
She says, “Her failure to show was not only embarrassing, but caused friction with (the) Wella (perfume) people in Australia.”
And co-director at Moodform Mission, Chris Owen, has alleged Campbell was constantly late for meetings on her promotional tour, and once even tried to attack him with a bottle.
Campbell has filed a counter-suit in the case, alleging she trusted White like “a surrogate mother” and signed the deal without knowing the full details – she’s also claimed her former rep concealed her role as a co-director at Moodform.
White’s lawyer, Daniel Bright, filed papers asking for Campbell’s counter-suit to be dismissed, writing, “The human element that brings the parties before the court is clear: greed, ingratitude and a grotesque sense of entitlement on the part of Campbell that, in her mind, justifies her doing anything she wants to do, including stealing her business partners’ money and then lying about what happened.”
Campbell has previously called the company’s lawsuit “ridiculous and absurd”.