Claims that supermodel Naomi Campbell was mugged in Paris were this afternoon described as 'absolutely bizarre', as a French police source said there was no record of any attack.
A U.S. news website alleged today that the British supermodel was set upon by a gang of thugs as she tried to hail a cab in the French capital just before Christmas and ended up in a wheelchair because of her injuries.
But there was no official report of such a serious crime, either with the Paris criminal brigade or with city hospitals, although it may be that she was attacked and chose not to report the assault.
Ms Campbell has not commented on the alleged incident since the website claimed to have found out she was mugged.
When contacted by the New York Post she simply said that she is now 'fine'.
Earlier today the New York Post reported a source said: 'It was terrifying. Naomi believes the assailant had been watching her, casing her out, and waited for a moment to strike when she was alone. She was attacked in the street as she hailed a cab, and robbed.
'Her leg was injured as she was violently pushed to the ground. She was understandably very upset and shaken up.'
Muggings are comparatively rare in Paris, although sneak thieves do operate around the poorer suburbs, and at crowded Metro and train stations.