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Model Naomi Campbell was reportedly mugged in Paris and her leg was injured during the attack. However, French police say they were surprised by the report, since no crime involving the celebrity was reported.
The New York Post’s Page Six had reported Thursday that Campbell was “knocked over and robbed” while hailing a cab in Paris over a month ago. A source for the paper called the incident “terrifying,” adding, “Naomi believes the assailant had been watching her, chasing her out, and waited for a moment to strike when she was alone. She was attacked in the street as she hailed a cab, and robbed.”
The source explained that her leg was “violently pushed to the ground” and that Campbell was “understandably very upset and shaken up.”
The 42-year-old’s boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, flew her by private jet to Colorado for treatment. Top orthopedic surgeon J. Richard Steadman, who has worked on major athletes like Alex Rodriguez, reportedly treated Campbell.
Although this happened over a month ago, it was not reported until now because Campbell was told by French police not to tell anyone, according to the Post.
However, a French police source told The Daily Mail that the report is “absolutely bizarre,” since there is no record of the incident. “A high profile celebrity being attacked in Paris would be something everybody remembers,” the source explains. “If such a serious crime had taken place then a criminal enquiry would have started by now - especially if the victim ended up in a wheelchair.“
Campbell is known for her rich lifestyle in Paris, so a source at the limousine service she uses was also surprised by the report.
“The thought of Naomi Campbell hailing a taxi in the street is laughable, let alone the idea that a gang would attack her. It all sounds absolutely bizarre,” the source told the Daily Mail. “Naomi is quite a demanding lady, and always has lots of assistants around her too. She's seldom alone!”
Still, the Daily Mail did publish photographs of Campbell in a wheelchair in New York and Campbell told the Post that she is now “fine.”