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Naomi Campbell sued for hitting maid again

New York (Reuters): Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who is accused of assaulting a housekeeper with a cell phone, was hit today with accusations from a second maid who claims the celebrity struck her in the head. The new civil lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, accuses Campbell of personal injury, employment discrimination, civil assault and battery. It seeks unspecified damages.

The maid, Gaby Gibson, told the New York Post in April that Campbell whacked her in the back of the head when she was unable to find a pair of black designer jeans. ''She said it was to teach me a lesson,'' Gibson told the tabloid, which said Gibson worked in Campbell's Park Avenue in Manhattan apartment for three months. Campbell's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

British-born Campbell is due in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday for a hearing on the second-degree assault case, in which she has pleaded not guilty on charges of striking housekeeper Ana Scolavino with the cell phone. The phone allegedly struck Scolavino in the back of the head, causing a gash that needed four staples to close.

In the criminal case, Campbell faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. Gibson's attorney Thomas Shanahan did not return calls for comment. In a previous incident with a telephone, Campbell in 1998 assaulted an assistant, Georgina Galanis. The model agreed in 2000 to plead guilty to the assault in a Toronto court in exchange for expressing remorse, paying Galanis an undisclosed amount of money and attending anger management classes.

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