JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Quincy Jones visited former
South African President Nelson Mandela, but a meeting between
Mandela and Naomi Campbell wasn't publicized.
Campbell was charged with assault in New York City last week for
allegedly throwing her cell phone at a housekeeper. The
35-year-old supermodel was released on her own recognizance and
allowed to keep her passport.
Her lawyer said Campbell needed her passport for a trip to South
Africa to visit Mandela.
Campbell wasn't an official guest of UNICEF, spokeswoman Erika
Vegter said Monday, but the agency knew of her visit. The Nelson
Mandela Foundation declined comment.
Vegter said that as far as she knew, Campbell had now left South
UNICEF is organizing a visit by Jones, who won the U.S. Fund for
UNICEF's 2005 Spirit of Compassion Award. Photos of the
73-year-old composer-conductor visiting Mandela were released
Jones is to meet with young artists and musicians on the
challenges they face in an era of AIDS, crime, sexual violence
and drug abuse.
UNICEF said Jones would also learn about efforts to improve child
survival and to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the AIDS
One of the programs of the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation is
an intercultural exchange between underprivileged youths from Los
Angeles and South Africa. The charity works to connect young
people with technology, education, culture and music.
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