NEW YORK – The lawyer for caustic catwalker Naomi Campbell (search) flashed his claws yesterday, saying Millicent Burton (search), the maid who claims she was attacked by the supermodel, is just out to take his client to the cleaners.
"Because of their celebrity, individuals such as Miss Campbell can be the targets of these sorts of allegations," said the lawyer, John Rosenberg.
"Miss Burton has apparently admitted publicly that she started things, and it is troubling she intends to capitalize on the incident she created," he said.
Rosenberg cited the police report, which quotes Burton as saying the fracas began when she pushed Campbell.
Burton, 44, went to Lenox Hill Hospital after she and her boss came to blows during a Saturday afternoon spat over packing a suitcase in Campbell's Park Avenue pad.
Burton's lawyer, Salvatore Gangemi, says the supermodel's lawyer has it all wrong.
"It's unfortunate Miss Campbell's attorneys see Miss Burton as an opportunist," he said. "I'm surprised he said that. In fact, Ms. Burton never said she was the first to instigate this argument with Naomi Campbell.
"Take one look at Naomi Campbell and one look at Ms. Burton and you could figure it out for yourself."
He refused to comment on the police report.
Campbell is now in Brazil, and Burton was spotted leaving her Bronx apartment yesterday. Both declined to comment.