The Italian-American ex-girlfriend of Mutassim Gaddafi, Vanessa Hessler, has been fired from her lucrative role as the face of an international telecommunications company for speaking about her passionate love affair with the Libyan dictator‘s son. Check out the photos and details below…
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23-year-old model Vanessa Hessler, who spent much of her childhood in Washington, DC, told Italian magazine Diva e Donna that she had spent four years with Mutassim Gaddafi and that their relationship had been a ‘very beautiful love story.’
The 34-year-old died with his father outside the city of Sirte on October 21, bringing to an end Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year regime.
The blonde model, who was born in Italy, said in the interview:
‘I didn’t have any contact with him since the uprising broke out, but our relationship was one of passion.’
Ms Hessler, who has appeared in campaigns for Georgio Armani, Calvin Klein and L’Oreal and has acted in several Italian TV shows, went on to say that she feels for the people of Libya. She told the magazine.:
‘We, France and the United Kingdom, financed the rebels but people don’t know what they are doing. The Gaddafi family is not how they are being depicted, they are normal people.’
Far from being ‘normal,’ Mutassim Gaddafi met a violent end at the hands of Libyan rebels.
Officials initially said that Colonel Gaddafi’s fifth son was killed in a gun battle during the final push on Sirte in October. Conflicting accounts describe his capture after attempting to escape the city with his father. Chillingly at odds with the playboy image of the leader’s son, his bruised and bloody body was moved to a makeshift morgue in Misrata where it lay for public viewing until an unceremonious dawn burial in an unmarked grave on October 25.
The model’s largest client, German firm Telefonica, reacted to Ms Hessler’s comments immediately, publicly announcing the end of the business relationship by tweet. A spokesman for the company wrote on Twitter:
‘Vanessa Hessler’s relationships are private business. However we cannot accept her comments on the Lybia [sic] conflict.’
Ms Hessler had been a household figure in Germany, France and Italy, where she is publicly known as ‘Alice,’ after gracing TV and billboard advertisements as the face of the multinational’s Alice internet service (below).
Telefonica’s Albert Fetsch said yesterday that ‘Vanessa Hessler has failed to distance herself from her comments on the conflict in Libya’ and that the model’s face would be removed from the company’s site within 24 hours.
Fans on the model’s Facebook page seemed undeterred by her support of the dictator’s family, heaping praise on her for ‘speaking honestly’ and ‘standing up for her beliefs.’ Many users, however, echo Telefonica’s position, weighing in with their criticism of the model’s poorly judged comments.