Naomi Campbell sues the Telegraph over ‘Elephant Polo’ story
Written By: on December 14, 2012

Naomi Campbell sues the Telegraph over Elephant Polo story

Vladimir Doronin and Naomi Campbell at the London premiere of Skyfall in October (Photo courtesy of: WENN)

Supermodel Naomi Campbell is suing British newspaper the Daily Telegraph for libel over an article that claims that she organized an elephant polo tournament in India.

A spokeswoman for Campbell emphatically denied that the London-born beauty, who campaigns against animal cruelty, had planned an elephant polo tournament in Jodhpur as stated by a November 3rd article in the Daily Telegraph titled “Elephant polo at Campbell’s party criticised.” The story stated that guests at a party that Campbell was hosting for her partner, Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin, would play the questionable sport in three-a-side teams. The allegations prompted letters of complaint and protests outside the party venue.

The supermodel filed her claim against Telegraph Media Group, the publisher of the Daily Telegraph at the high court in London on December 5th. The article has since been removed from the publication’s website.

Campbell’s solicitor Gideon Benaim, a partner of Michael Simkins LLP, said: “We have issued legal proceedings on behalf of Ms Campbell against the Telegraph, who were the original publishers of these allegations. We are instructed to pursue this matter until it is satisfactorily resolved. The allegations caused damage to our client, apart from the widespread repetition of the allegations, there were also protests outside the venue, and Indian government departments who wrote to us.”

“However, it seems to me that government authorities and animal welfare groups in India were simply reacting to the untrue claims that had been made. The simple truth is that there was no plan for elephant polo. Ms Campbell did not cancel it because it was never going to happen in the first place. We have as yet no idea where the false claims originated from, perhaps the Telegraph will let us know in due course.”

The Telegraph Media Group has declined to comment.


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