NEW YORK (WPIX)—The driver who accused supermodel Naomi Campbell of assaulting him from the backseat of an SUV says he regrets his decision to get police involved.
Miodrag Mejidna, 27, said through his lawyer Thursday afternoon, the incident was "blown out of proportion" and he wants to apologize to Campbell "for causing that to happen."
Law enforcement officials say Campbell got into an altercation with chauffeur Miodrag Mejdina and proceeded to slap and punch him from the back seat Tuesday afternoon. Mejdina, of Queens, was hired for the day to drive the model from her Midtown hotel to the Astoria section of Queens.
Mejdina says during the attack Campbell struck the steering wheel, causing bruising under his right eye.
It is not clear what exactly sparked the assault.
Mejdina pulled over the black Cadillac Escalade near 58th Street and Second Avenue where he called 911. He claims the 39-year-old model jumped out of the car and took off.
This isn't the first time Campbell has been accused of attacking one of her employees.
In March 2005, she allegedly slapped her assistant Amanda Brack and beat her with a BlackBerry. That same year, an Italian actress claimed Campbell left her "covered in blood" following an altercation at a Rome hotel. The fight was reportedly sparked over a dress the actress had wanted to wear.
In March 2006, New York City police took Campbell into custody for allegedly assaulting a house keeper with a cell phone. The victim had apparently suffered injuries to her head that required several stitches.
Campbell pleaded guilty on Jan. 16, 2007, to a charge of reckless assault against her housekeeper Ana Scolavino. She was sentenced to five days community service and ordered to attend two days at an anger management course.
That following April, Campbell was reportedly arrested inside Heathrow airport for allegedly beating a cop after one of her bags had been lost.