Love Naomi, of course, and kudos to her for getting in front of the “Friends of Jeffrey Epstein” story with this rather odd YouTube interview. It comes after the Daily Mail really went in on her and the “hair raising characters” that she’s “rubbed shoulders with” during her decades-long career, including (but not limited to) Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, Kevin Spacey, and Harvey Weinstein. As the Daily Mail put it:
After a lifetime of private planes and yacht parties, Naomi’s new role as a philanthropist might take a little getting used to, although a £45 million fortune means she can certainly afford to be charitable. […] For all the glamour of her jet-setting social circle, she has also rubbed shoulders with another, altogether less wholesome crowd – a hair-raising cast of characters, in fact, with dubious and in some cases bloodthirsty reputations. No doubt Naomi plans to celebrate her half century in style, but she’d be wise to strike some old acquaintances from the guest list.
In the video, Naomi – in clear crisis management mode – is “interviewed” by an unnamed, unseen “journalist” who asks her a series of clearly scripted questions, to which the supermodel responds with some probably very workshopped answers, while looking suitably wounded.
Naomi starts by admitting that she’s “not a saint” but a “work in progress,” while stressing that she won’t be “held hostage” by her past. In her version of events, the Mail published a “distorted piece of journalism” in an attempt to assassinate her character. “We can read between the lines and know why they keep coming at me,” she admits, addressing the paper’s prominent conservative (read: racist) bias. In regard to Epstein, she states plainly she had no idea about his actions:
What he’s done is indefensible, and when I’d heard of what he’d done, it sickened me to my stomach like everyone else. Because I’ve had my fair share of sexual predators, and thank god that I had good people around me who protected me from this.
Watch the interview below.