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tonight on "nightline," pretty little liar? supermodel naomi campbell told us there were no diamonds. she slapped our camera. but today in court, she had a whole new story. but is this one true? monkids. people raising monkeys as their own children. >> i don't think there's much of a difference between a monkey and a human baby. >> but it's not all cute clothes and unconditional love. an inside look at the dark and dangerous side of extreme pet ownership. and, roof to table. at a manhattan restaurant, ingredients don't come from a farm, but from a cutting edge roof top garden. is this the latest food trend, or is it the future? >> announcer: from the global
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resources of abc news, with martin bashir and cynthia mcfadden in new york city, and terry moran in washington, this is "nightline," august 5th, 2010. >> good evening, i'm terry moran. and we begin tonight with the case of the diamonds, the dictator and the supermodel. when abc news first confronted naomi campbell about a mysterious gift of diamonds, she denied the allegations. but today, on the witness stand, at the war crimes trial of former liberian dictator charles taylor, campbell told a very different story. now, she says, the dictator's henchmen paid her a late night visit, delivering a pouch of uncut, unpolished precious stones. but were they so-called blood diamonds? but were they so-called blood diamonds? the secret currency with which taylor funded his reign of terror? brian ross investigates. >> i swear on the bible -- >> i swear on the bible -- >> reporter: on the stand at the
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war crimes trial today, naomi campbell appeared to be put out to be called as a witness. >> this is a big inkon veconven >> this is a big inkon veconven for me. >> reporter: campbell initially refused to cooperate in the trial, and appeared today only because of a subpoena from the court, forcing her testimony. >> are you a bit nervous? >> no, well, i really didn't want to be here, so i was made to be here, so, obviously i'm just, like, wanting to get this over with and get on with my life. >> reporter: for prosecutors, her testimony is seen as crucial in a case that goes back over a decade, involving hundreds of thousands of people killed or maimed in a bloody civil war that taylor is accused of fueling with what came to be called blood diamonds. as first reported by abc news, witnesses said campbell had boasted of receiving a packet of diamonds from taylor's
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representatives. but campbell denied the allegations to abc news earlier this year, before storming out of the interview. >> you received a diamond from charles -- charles -- >> i didn't receive a diamond and i'm not going to speak about that. thank you very much. and i'm not here for that. thank you very much. >> well, we've been told that you didn't help the prosecution, sort of, in this very important case -- >> thank you so much. good-bye. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: but what she told abc news was a lie. she did receive diamonds from taylor, as she acknowledged underoath today, describing a bizarre middle of the night scene outside her bedroom. >> when i was sleeping, i had a knock at my door, and i opened my door and two men were there and gave me a pouch and said, "a gift for you." >> did you ask them who they were? >> no. i was extremely tired. when they gave me the pouch, i just put it next to my bed and went back to bed. >> what did you think the stones
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were? >> they were kind of dirty looking pebbles. they were -- they were dirty. i don't know. i'm used to seeing diamonds, i'm used to seeing diamonds shiny and in a box, you know? someone had said they were diamonds, i wouldn't have guessed right away. >> reporter: but witnesses, including actress mia farro, have given different testimony. farro was there the next morning and said campbell knew what she had. >> she said during the night, some men had knocked at her door and it was representatives of president charles taylor, and that they had given her a huge diamond, and we're like, oh, my gosh. >> reporter: taylor's representatives asked campbell about testimony from witnesses, including one who claimed campbell had been flirting with taylor. >> that's not true at all. as i said before, when i'm with mr. mandela and i think everyone in the world feels the same way,
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my attention and focus is with my attention and focus is with him. >> reporter: at the time, taylor was at the center of international outrage over his alleged role in stoking the bloody civil war. but campbell today claimed she was completely ignorant of the term blood diamonds or what was happening in africa. >> i don't know anything about charles taylor, never heard of him before, never heard of the country liberia before and never heard the term blood diamonds before, so i just assumed that it was. >> have you had any other contact -- contact -- >> no contact at all. never seen him again since the dinner table. >> at breakfast, you were told probably they were diamonds and probably they came from charles taylor, did you consider thanking him for the gift to you? >> i didn't thank him. i just looked for my friend jeremy and gave them to him. it not abnormal for me to get gifts. i get that all the time at any hour of the night. >> reporter: the man she says she gave the diamonds to was the
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director of the nelson mandela children's fund. >> my intention at that moment and time was to give them, find jeremy and give them to him. don't recall his reaction. i just said, take them, do something with them, and make sure children benefit from them. i didn't want to keep them. >> reporter: he could not be reached for comment today, but officials at the children's fund tell abc news there is no record of diamonds received from campbell at the time or since. she did make contributions of $50,000 that year and the year after, according to their records. after, according to their the skarps of what happened have not healed the case against charles taylor is being closely watched here, especially by the many victims. this man first had his left hand chopped off by the blood diamond rebels. when they threatened to chop off his son's hand, he offered up his right hand, which they then chopped off.
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>> translator: so, the civilian raised the ax and hacked once. >> reporter: he's one of some 50 victims that flew to the hague to confront and testify against taylor. it was no inconvenience for them. tlnt then i said yes. i placed my right hand and they hacked it twice. >> i care about the protection of my family, and as i said, on television before, i didn't want to have anything to do with to have anything to do with this. >> reporter: came be >> reporter: campbell said she >> reporter: came be feared for her family, in so hesita hesitant dealing with the trial. prosecutors said it took months hesita hesitant dealing with the trial. to arrange. she left with no comment, eager as she said, to get on with her life and put the inconvenience behind her. for "nightline," this is brian ross, abc news.
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monkey moms, and their primate pelts are their children, or monkids. they dress them up in clothes and feed them human cloepts. but even the most well intentioned parents may not fully appreciate they are still intentioned parents may not fully appreciate they are still keeping wild animals in their homes, and some monkids have a violent streak. jeremy hubbard reports. >> reporter: they seem cute and cuddly. >> they're my daughters. my adopted daughters. >> is that your pet? >> is this my pet. no, not my pet. my companion for life. >> i don't think there's much of a differences between a monkey and a human baby. >> reporter: but they remain wild and potentially violent. >> i'm one of the fortunate ones. i never landed in the hospital. but there are so many other humans that ended up in the hospital with severe injuries from their monkeys. she would bite me, she would draw blood. she would pull my hair and she would not let up. >> reporter: these are monkeys, no longer just in the jungle, now increasingly in living rooms across the country. >> i don't have an identity. i'm just a monkey mom. they're not animals to me. they're like little hairy people. >> reporter: they go out to eat at restaurants. they use the toil let. >> go potty? >> reporter: they brush their teeth. is this okay? >> yep. go ahead. i'm not afraid to -- she just wants to sit in your lap. >> reporter: okay. >> are you scared? >> reporter: not scared. >> don't be afraid. >> reporter: lisa trains monkey moms facing difficulties with their monkids all across the country. >> you have to constantly be on them. >> she loves men. she would prefer to go to a man any day. >> reporter: you can see why it seems like it would be the perfect household pet. >> it seems as though it would. that you would love it and adore it. >> reporter: but as sean and hi family found out, their behavior can be anything but kult. when they adopted this one as an adult, they were warned he was too difficult to be a good pet. they thought they could change him. >> i had gone into the cage and went and physically grabbed him out, and i was covered, my hands were covered in blood because he kept chewing on my and scratching me and it was so painful the first few times. >> reporter: when that violence starts, often when a monkey reaches puberty, lisa is called to the rescue. >> just let him calm down. >> reporter: she's helped tame hundreds of these out of control pets. >> okay. all right. >> calm him. >> it's okay. it's okay. >> he's a 2-year-old child, for the next 40 years of your life. you're going to be saying no to him continuously. >> reporter: how many times have you been bitten, scratched, punched? >> i have so many scars. i've had two back surgeries from diving over couches, catching monkeys in midair. they don't -- i'm not -- i have no fear. so, you know, for me to go in and take over what an owner needs to do, that's who i am. >> reporter: the key, lisa says, is to show the monkey who is in charge. but some other trainers take that way too far. >> you don't train wild animals. if you talk to any trainers, they'll -- well, they might tell you how they train animals. but it's domination. they dominate the animal and i have talked to trainers that said, all you need to do is punch them scare in the face, they won't bite you again. >> reporter: there is another way to prevent biting. having their teeth removed. a controversial practice that critics say alienates them from their natural wail of life. and the unnatural habitat of a suburban home can lead to other serious problems for these animals. this monkey mom treats her monkids to salty, sugary, fatty snacks instead of fruits and vegetables. a checkup at the vet reveals that diet has taken its toll. she's nervously awaiting the results of a blood test. >> it's like your own child, you know? if they hurt, you hurt. can't help it. just -- it's just a love that you can't explain. >> reporter: the doctor returns with bad news. her monkey now has life-threatening diabetes. >> her long-term glucose control should be 100 or less. it's almost 400. >> reporter: there is a sort of monkey mom backlash in the u.s. 22 states have now banned private primate ownership. and there are proposed federal laws aiming to crack down further. >> stop the breeding, and then fix the ones that are already out there. get more people like me involved to go out there and fix the problems and help these people. >> reporter: until then, sanctuaries will continue to overflow with hard to handle pets. lisa will continue to help overwhelmed families. >> it's okay. >> reporter: and pet lovers will plunk down their savings. >> and his price is 55. >> okay. >> reporter: $5,500 for the joy and trial of becoming a monkey violent streak.
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how'd you do that? do what? it tastes too good to be fiber. you ma it taste like chocolate. it has 35% of your daily value of fiber. do it again. turn it into sometng tasty. this guy's doing magic. there's chocolate chips in here w. hod you do that? right! tasty fiber, that's a good one! ok, her mind. what's she thinking? that's right! i'm not thinking anything! [ male announc ] fiber one chewy bars. cardboard no. delicious yes. >> announcer: "nightline" continues from washington with terry moran. >> let's talk about food. a chef in new york city is putting a new spin on an old technology, and taking local eating to the extreme. all of the produce served in his restaurant is grown just a few steps upstairs from his kitchen. a willy wonka of vegetables. his garden grows without any a willy wonka of vegetables. his garden grows without any soil and is closely monitored by computers. john donvan goes up on the roof
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and chows down in tonight's "sign of the times." >> reporter: wow. sitting on a stoop on west 10th street in manhattan with a salad, and a chef, who made the salad. there's got to be a story here. meet john mooney. >> it's a sigh dar balsamic with a little bit of berry and extra virgin olive oil. >> reporter: he's opening aless raunlt in this very building at basement level. basement level. >> booths here with the skylight. >> reporter: but the real story is upstairs. six long flights upstairs. there is no elevator. because when you get to the top, and the blinding light -- >> here we are. >> reporter: wow. this is your farm? >> yeah, this is our roof top farm here in manhattan. >> reporter: this is where that salad came from. >> roof to table. >> reporter: this is where the lettuce came from and the strawberries. >> i like to tell people that they're so perfect that they look fake. >> reporter: may i? >> yes, please do.
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>> reporter: but look at what else he's growing here. >> i can smell the mint from here. this is summer squash. have you ever seen a fresh chick pea? >> reporter: you're growing those? >> reporter: you're growing >> absolutely. >> reporter: the new restaurant will be the first in the u.s. to grow its own food on a roof top, enough to serve an 80-seat restaurant every night for ten months out of the year. beans here. tomatoes? >> yes. >> reporter: can you show me what you got? >> sure. let me just walk through here. >> reporter: the jungle. get a machete. just kidding. in a way, it's a vegetable farm. but kind of a willy wan ka vegetable farm. you're saving 25% off the growing time. >> i can harvest in four weeks. >> reporter: that's the key to what he's doing here. and it's the point he wants to make. the technology that makes this possible is called hydroponics. and it keeps the restaurant supplied with food, but in the
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bigger picture, he thinks it could become a model for all of us to grow what we need very close to home. why you are doing this? why you are doing this? >> well, for one -- >> reporter: would it be easier to go down the street to the farmer's market? stuff tastes good -- >> well, because i believe in ingredient. i've been involved in responsible sourcing. and this is something that i can totally control. i can produce right here for myself in abundance. and all i have to do is go on the roof. >> reporter: the key is water, or more specifically, water without soil. >> reporter: so, seven years ago, these were all seeds? >> yes. one of the ben nep fiments is the rapid growth. >> reporter: he's using a system where water filled with nutrients circulates through each of these towers. the absence of real soil keeps the system light weight enough and upright enough to fit into small spaces, like a roof top. it eliminates plant diseases and pests that can live in the soil. >> this is our bib. you see the beautiful head of
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lettuce. totally beautiful. roots attached. without the sunlight, rooments attached, totally living. i call it living lettuce. >> reporter: who says lettuce can't grow on trees? >> exactly. >> reporter: show me how this is working. >> okay what we have in the base is the water, that's filled with the minerals, which is what makes a plant taste good. it pumps through the center here. it pumps through the center and then it trickles down, uses 12 minutes of energy an hour. it runs for three minute circles. >> reporter: it gets air the rest of the time? >> reporter: it gets air the >> yeah, air and sun. >> reporter: now there is something timeless unfolding on this roof, because hydroponics is an ancient idea. but it's always had an air of experimental to it, not a solution embraced by the world's farmers, in part because it's so unconventional and can be expensiv expensive, as well as needs a
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lot of monitoring. but mooney is a believer. what are i trying to prove here? >> you know, we're just trying to be as efficient as possible. i hope i'm the beginning of something, absolutely. i think it's well thought-out. we tested this for more than a year. this isn't something we just jumped into. there will be no waste but for new york, i felt it's the way to go. >> reporter: to mooney, this could also solve the problem of people not being able to afford what's available in farmer's markets. >> reporter: so we're picking lunch? >> we are. i'm going to make you a couple varieties of salad. >> reporter: and yes that really did come up here. i helped in the harvest. and watch as the farmer on the roof top becomes, once again, the chef downstairs. the only ingredient that didn't come from up above, the nuts and the cheese. the cheese. all the rest, really was roof top to table. or we should say, roof top to front stoop. this is spectacular. i'm coming to your restaurant. it's really only a start, what's happening here, but who knows? maybe mooney is right, and some
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day, this view can be green from top to bottom. i'm john donvan for "nightline" in new york. >> it looks tasty. thanks for john donvan for that. we'll be right back with our closing argument tonight. but first, jimmy kimmel with what's coming up next on. >> jimmy: "jimmy kimmel live." >> jimmy: tonight, our guests are melissa rycroft, music from saving abel, and ice cube. the man, not the frozen block of water. "jimmy kimmel live" is next. i have fallen in love with making bird houses. caw caw! [ director ]what is that? that's a horrible crow. here are some things that i'll make as little portals for my bird friends. honestly, i'd love to do this for the rest of myife so i have to take care of myself.
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