A photographer has alleged that he had to be hospitalized after supermodel Naomi Campbell attacked him while vacationing with her billionaire boyfriend in Italy last month.

Naomi, 38, had come to the volcanic island of Lipari, just off the coast of Sicily, with BF Mikhail Prokhorov. Paparazzo Gaetano Di Giovanni says he suffered a scratched eye and bruises after the volatile catwalk queen hit him with her handbag, The Daily Star reports.

“First she hit with her bag, screaming at me and then she tried to slap me,” the photog says.

“I managed to avoid her – but her nails still got my eye. For a few seconds I could not see a thing. I could hear that her bodyguards and her boyfriend were trying to drag her away.”

Naomi’s spokeswoman said the accusations were “completely untrue.”

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