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  • American model fired from major international contract over Qaddafi comments

    FILE - In this May 23, 2008 file photo Italian model and actress Vanessa Hessler arrives for the premiere of the film "Synecdoche, New York" (AP)

    An American-born model and ex-girlfriend of Mutassim Qaddafi has been fired from her job as the face of an international telecommunications company for opening up about her “very beautiful love story” with the son of the late dictator, Moammar Qaddafi.

    Washington, DC, native Vanessa Hessler, 23, who has been living and working in Italy, told Italian magazine Diva e Donna that her four-year relationship with Qaddafi had been one of “passion,” according to a report from the U.K.’s  Daily Mail.


    Hessler claimed she had not been in contact with him since “the uprising broke out,” but expressed her fondness for him. Muatassim Qaddafi, 34, died with his father outside the city of Sirte on October 24.

    “’We, France and the United Kingdom, financed the rebels but people don’t know what they are doing,” she was quoted as saying.

    ‘The Gaddafi family is not how they are being depicted, they are normal people,’ she told the magazine.

    The comments cost her job as the face of German firm Telefonica, who slammed her comments on Twitter almost immediately.

    “Vanessa Hessler’s relationships are private business. However we cannot accept her comments on the [Libya] conflict,” the company tweeted, before promising to remove her face from the site within 24 hours.

    Muatassim Qaddafi was also previously linked to model Talitha van Zon.

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