On Friday, Page Six doubled-down on their reporting that Naomi Campbell is trying to destroy her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend, Luo Zilin. Luo Zilin, a Chinese model and former Miss China, was a contestant on The Face, and Luo was mentored by Naomi. Naomi was a big supporter of Luo’s career… until Luo started dry-humping Vladimir Doronin in Ibiza. Vlad and Naomi broke up months ago, and Vlad has been seen with several different models and attractive ladies, and I guess Luo has won his heart. Anyway, Page Six claimed that Naomi was contacting all of her friends in the fashion industry in an attempt to get Luo blacklisted from ever working again, in America, in Europe and even in China. Now The Daily Mail reports – exclusively! – that Vladimir Doronin is fighting back and accusing Naomi of “bullying” Luo. Hahaha.
Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin has accused Brit supermodel Naomi Campbell of ‘bullying’ his new girlfriend Luo Zilin, telling friends the couple just want to be left alone. Today, Page Six reported that Naomi, 42, is attempting to scupper Luo’s modelling career by demanding that her Chinese agents fire her – just days after the younger model was dumped by her New York management.
And a source told MailOnline that Vlad, 50, was just concerned about protecting his love, saying: ‘It’s really sad that Naomi can’t leave Vlad alone since he just wants to get on with his life with Luo in peace. She’s had a very successful career so far and deserves better than being bullied by Naomi. At this point, what he cares about is protecting Luo and helping to undo the damage Naomi has cruelly tried to inflict on her.’
The businessman finally sounded the death knell for his five-year romance with Naomi this week when he was seen frolicking with Chinese model Luo – who was mentored by Naomi on her reality show The Face. Vlad and Luo, 25, were seen passionately embracing on the Spanish party island of Ibiza – and it was then revealed that Luo had lost her modelling deal with New York-based MIX Model management.
MIX Model president Neal Hamil said: ‘Zi Lin’s contract with MIX Model Management NYC was terminated last week due to ongoing unprofessional conduct and unacceptable work ethic.’
Luo Zilin was seen sprawled on top of Vladimir as they enjoyed a sunshine break in Spain at the weekend. And the couple were pictured sharing an intimate embrace.
A source close to Naomi said: ‘It’s fair to say that Luo and Vlad met through Naomi, it’s really unprofessional of Luo and it’s not great behavior on Vlad’s behalf.’
And another source today denied Vlad’s claims, saying: ‘Naomi is just concentrating on work, she doesn’t want to be drawn into this. It seems to be the case that Vlad is just trying to get an unfair dig in at Naomi – he can’t seem to leave her alone.’
Today, Mr Hamil said he had terminated Luo’s contract for ‘professional’ rather than personal reasons, adding he had fired the model on Memorial Day when she told him she was heading back to China – in direct conflict of the plans they had made to further her career.
So, what’s the real truth? That Naomi is actively trying to blacklist the younger woman who Naomi sees as a traitor and a rival? That Naomi is a crazy, violent bully? Or that Vladimir Doronin is turning out to be kind of famewhore, and he likes the attention and he loves that he’s in the center of some huge scandal? I don’t even know. I know that I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Naomi is in the midst of a major hissy fit and that she IS trying to destroy Luo. Speaking of Naomi’s self-perpetuating drama machine, remember when she assaulted, beat and scratched a paparazzo in Italy in 2009? Well, the guy is still insisting that she assaulted him and now Naomi has to go to court in Italy:
The supermodel Naomi Campbell has reportedly been ordered to appear before a court in Italy over accusations she attacked a photographer who was taking pictures of her while on holiday. Gaetano di Giovanni claims the London-born model scratched him and hit him with her handbag in an alleged attack in 2009 on the Aeolian island of Lipari, off the north coast of Sicily.
She has always denied the accusations, and claims instead that di Giovanni was harassing her. Prosecutor Francesco Massara has now ordered Campbell to appear before judges on 4 December, the Ansa news agency reported, quoting unnamed judicial sources.
A spokesman for Campbell said: “Three years ago Ms Campbell was the victim of paparazzi harassment in Italy. The photographer has claimed to have been attacked by Ms Campbell, a claim our client has categorically denied and her team is confident to prove this in court later this year.”
Di Giovanni said he did not want to comment. At the time of the incident he was quoted as telling Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica that he had only just started to take photographs of the model when she reacted angrily, shouting at him and attempting to slap him in the face.
He claimed her nails scratched one of his eyes. “For several moments I could see absolutely nothing,” he was quoted as saying, claiming he had sought medical treatment afterwards.
The model’s spokesman said the accusations were “completely untrue”.
The problem with getting all huffy and self-righteous with your denial is that there is actual a criminal record of several instances of exactly those kinds of violent assaults. God, I think Luo Zilin needs our prayers. If Naomi ever runs into her, Zilin is going to lose an eye (at the very least).
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