Kim Kardashian wasn’t the only celebrity to be attacked while in Paris. In an interview on The Wendy Williams Show, Naomi Campbell described her 2012 visit to legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa, where she was assaulted.
Naomi was picked up from the airport and immediately sensed something wrong. Her usual driver didn’t pick her up, and her new one kept the windows down in the November cold for the entirety of the ride. It was upon arrival at Azzedine’s home when things took a violent turn.
Men ripped open the car doors and grabbed at her. “They opened my car door and said, ‘Naomi Campbell, we’re going to kill you.” The men reached for her purse and tried to pull her out of the car. Luckily, people were working at Azzedine’s store several feet away, and rushed out to help.
Naomi went on to describe the feelings that arise in such a quick, aggressive, terrifying situation. “In the interim, you decide in a very split moment — ‘Am I going to let this guy take my bag with all my passports or am I going to fight for it?” “My decision was, ‘I am not letting my bag go.’”
Naomi believes that the driver was in on it, and she was followed by the group of men since they left the airport. “It’s a whole ring that’s been happening for a few years now,” Naomi claimed.
Kim received a lot of backlash after her kidnapping with many people calling it a hoax. Naomi, who has experienced similar terror, expressed her anger by the media’s questioning and portrayal of Kim’s experience. “I very much sympathize with [Kim]. I felt for her right away. I hated hearing these stories that it wasn’t true. It was absolutely true, and it happened to me and it’s happened to a few other people that I’m not at liberty to say, but are well known also.”