Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been charged with assaulting a police officer after a disturbance on a plane at Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, British authorities said yesterday.

The 38-year-old faces a total of six charges relating to last month’s incident on a stationary British Airways plane.

Campbell was escorted by police from the Los Angeles-bound flight after claiming one of her bags had gone missing.

The star was said by her lawyer to be “bitterly disappointed” about being charged in the incident, which happened during the days of chaos that followed the opening of the $8.48 billion US terminal.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Scotland Yard confirmed the charges, after the New York-based Campbell answered bail at Heathrow police station in west London yesterday.

“Ms. Campbell has today been charged with three offences of assaulting a constable, one offence of disorderly conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and two offences of using threatening, abusive words or behaviour to cabin crew,” a CPS statement said.

If convicted she faces up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $10,000 for the alleged assault. She also faces a $5,000 fine if convicted of using threatening, abusive words or behaviour to cabin crew.

Campbell was granted bail and is due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates Court, west London, next month.