Naomi Campbell arrested at troubled Terminal 5
Naomi Campbell was yesterday removed from a plane at Heathrow and arrested after flying into a rage and spitting at a policeman because staff lost one of her bags.
The 37-year-old supermodel, notorious for her foul temper, allegedly spat at a policeman who was called to calm her down, then restrained and hauled off the plane, kicking and screaming.
Naomi was LA-bound, where she was due to make a TV appearance, and when staff informed her that one of her bags containing clothes for the appearance had not been loaded on the flight, she flew into a rage.
It is thought the bag was too heavy.
Campbell reportedly screamed at staff: ‘This is a joke, right? Why can’t you do anything right? Get all my bags on this flight! I’m Naomi Campbell.’
Witnesses said the model began screaming and swearing at staff, waving her arms.
After a ‘sustained’ period of alleged abuse she got off the plane before boarding it again and continuing to shout and swear – prompting BA staff to call the police.
She was then frogmarched off the plane in handcuffs, arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and taken to Heathrow police station.
One witness said: ‘She was screaming and shouting, effing and blinding and complaining that she did not have her clothes for her television appearance.
‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’
Naomi was released on bail this morning. At 1am her press agent, Celena Aponte, gave a statement outside the police station, saying: ‘She arrived in plenty of time at Heathrow Terminal 5 with two bags, checked them in, and told they were taken to the flight.
‘Once on the flight, she was told one bag could not be found and was missing.
‘British Airways decided to resolve this by insisting she leave the flight, calling the police, and forcibly ejected her from the flight.’
Aponte said she could not comment on Naomi’s behaviour.
Yesterday a police spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that at 17.13pm police were called to a disturbance at Terminal 5, Heathrow. A 37-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.’
British Airways declined to comment.
Naomi could be jailed for up to six months if she is charged with assaulting a police officer under new guidelines published in February.
Terminal 5 has been in chaos since it opened last week, with hundreds of flights cancelled and thousands of bags missing, but Naomi Campbell is the only one of 280,000 passengers who required police intervention.