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Naomi Says Her Service "Was Humbling"

Supermodel Naomi Campbell leaves the Department of Sanitation Manhattan District 3 Garage after finishing her final day of community service Friday, March 23, 2007 in New York. Campbell was given five days of cleanup duty after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for throwing a cell phone at her maid over a pair of missing jeans.
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In her first interview since completing her community service in New York City, supermodel Naomi Campbell said the experience was humbling.

"Well for me, it was humbling and I just got to be with people and learn a lot about people that I would never really get to meet in my job," the supermodel said in an interview with "Access Hollywood." "Everyone was well-mannered and very straight up with me and I was straight up with them."

On her last day of community service, the model wore a gown and sauntered into a limo before a slew of reporters. "It wasn't planned," Naomi said.

On March 23, Campbell was released from a garbage truck garage after completing five days of community service for assaulting her maid.


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What kinds of dirty work did she do? "I swept and I cleaned walls and tables and offices," she said. "I tidied up."

Campbell, 39, said she didn't clean toilets despite reports to the contrary. She admitted that she'd made a friend during her short stint with the department of sanitation.

"He's become a friend of mine — he and his wife. I felt terrible when they exposed him in the papers after I left. I thought that was really uncalled for. He was just simply being a really sweet person," she explained. "I got to have dinner with he and his wife during that week, which was really nice."

Campbell said she isn't bothered that reports of a serious temper seem to outshine her accomplishments as a model.

"It doesn't affect me," she said. "I feel like I've let people down, but most importantly I'm at the point in my life where I have to be loving to myself and to be at peace with myself and take care of myself which is where I am right now."

Campbell says she was once in a place of denial but not anymore.

"I'm in an honest place with myself. I think like seven years ago, I was in a place of denial, which I'm not in anymore," she said. "And I think I've had to look at the people I have around me and I need honesty in my life today — people that tell me the truth, not people who say yes. And I don't have any yes people left in my life."