Supermodel Karen Mulder was arrested in Paris on Tuesday after allegedly threatening to attack her plastic surgeon. The 39-year-old is being held at a police station in the French capital following ‘vicious telephone calls’ directed at the female medic.
Dutch-born Mulder, who made her name in the nineties alongside Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Kate Moss, was thought to have asked for a previous operation to be reversed. A detective said: ‘She was screaming and shouting about the operation and became extremely threatening. There were repeated calls to the female surgeon who was extremely scared. The suspect is being interviewed.’
Mulder was arrested at around 10am and was kept in a cell in the in the eight arrondissement, the epi-centre of Paris haute couture. Ironically, her career began in the same district after winning an Elite model agency talent contest in the 1980s. Mulder modeled for all the big fashion houses including Chanel, Valentino, Céline and Versace. Appearances in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and work for the Victoria’s Secret catalogue made her a household name.
But in 2001 she claimed she and other models had been used as sex slaves by senior politicians and policeman, even falsely claiming she had been raped by Prince Albert of Monaco. She attended a psychiatric hospital suffering from chronic depression, blaming it on drug addiction during her modeling days. A year later she attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills and was only saved by friends. She was once a close associate of French first lady Carla Bruni.
Mulder has had a turbulent love life. At only 20-years-old she married French photographer Rene Bosne, but they divorced a few years later. In 1993 she was engaged to the property developer Jean-Yves Le Fur, but that relationship ended too.
Mulder frequently complained about her hatred at ‘being photographed’ but two years ago briefly returned to the runway alongside Campbell and other supermodel contemporaries including Linda Evangelista and Helena Christensen.
Mulder faces a charge of threatening behavior, but is likely to be released, said a source. She is currently being interviewed by police.
Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Helena Christensen, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Karen Mulder, Stephanie Seymour in Gianni Versace (Italian, 1946-1997), Autumn/Winter 1991-1992, Vogue, September 1991, Photograph by Peter Lindbergh (German, born 1944), Photograph courtesy of Peter Lindbergh.