Naomi Campbell Wins Tabloid Case

03/27/2002 at 01:00 PM EST

In a landmark ruling, a British court upheld supermodel Naomi Campbell's accusations that the London tabloid The Mirror invaded her privacy in a 2001 article, reports Reuters. Campbell, 31, sought damages against the newspaper for breach of confidence and unlawful invasion of privacy over a story last year that she was attending meetings of Narcotics Anonymous, according to Reuters. She was awarded damages of $4,993, Reuters reports. Campbell, who spent a day testifying in February, admitted she was recovering from drug addiction, but said the article and accompanying photograph of her leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, had made her feel "shocked, angry, betrayed and violated," Reuters reports. Piers Morgan, editor of the Mirror, fired back at the court that he had rarely encountered a star who had "so voraciously invaded her own privacy," the news agency reports. Campbell, the supermodel who broke ground as the first black woman to appear on the cover of French Vogue, has been staunchly defending her right to privacy lately. In a separate court case settled two weeks ago, she won a judgment against a former personal assistant who talked about the model's personal life to a British Sunday newspaper.

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