Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Gadhafi's Valet Spills the Beans
Libyan Rebel fighter relaxes on Gadhafi's bed
Viagra-munching Muammar Gaddafi bedded five a day
BY:MARIE COLVIN, IN TRIPOLI
November 14, 2011
WHEN Prince Andrew and Muammar Gaddafi sat down to dine together at a luxurious villa in Tripoli, the duke would have had no idea that the then Libyan leader had bedded at least four women earlier that day.
Faisal, Gaddafi's young chef and manservant, cooked for the prince a "traditional" meal of tabouli, hummus and couscous in the sumptuous villa of one of Gaddafi's female friends.
Faisal was also trusted to apply Gaddafi's make-up and dye his hair. He often saw him naked. His position ensured he witnessed the despot's voracious sexual excesses, driven by extensive use of Viagra, the anti-impotence drug.
Prince Andrew, who had travelled from Tunis, stayed at Tripoli's Corinthia hotel, the best in the city. He told Faisal it was one of the finest meals he had ever eaten and offered to pose for a photograph with him.
Prince Andrew's office yesterday confirmed he had dined with Gaddafi in November 2008 and that his discussions had been exactly as Faisal remembered them.
"They talked about improving relations between our two countries and an oil contract," said Faisal, 29, interviewed at his wealthy family's home in Tripoli, while on leave from prison for the Muslim holiday of Eid.
During seven years working for Gaddafi, Faisal played an intimate role in his sordid court. While the leader pretended to his people that he lived the simple life of a bedouin herder, subsisting on camel's milk and bread as he watched the stars from his tent, in fact he lived a life of extravagance and sexual addiction.
"There were four or sometimes five women each day," Faisal said. "There were so many. They had just become a habit to Gaddafi. They would go into his bedroom, he would have his way with them and then he would come out, like he had just blown his nose."
According to Faisal, Gaddafi's sexual appetite was well known in Libya. Some of the women who slept with him suffered so badly "they went immediately from his bedroom to the hospital" with internal injuries, he claimed.
The head of Gaddafi's office was once sent to Pigalle, the sex district of Paris, to buy a machine that was supposed to lengthen his penis. Gaddafi was swallowing so many Viagra pills his Ukrainian nurse told him he had to cut his intake, Faisal said.
Among his many duties, Faisal applied the thick make-up Gaddafi insisted on wearing in public - the Libyan leader preferred Chanel. He insisted that Gaddafi had not had a face-lift.
Faisal had not wanted to work for Gaddafi. He was a law student at Tripoli University when Gaddafi came to speak. Afterwards the dictator asked his office to track down several of the students. Gaddafi's lectures were notorious; he would speak about his Green Book and then take his pick of the women to a room near the lecture hall with a double bed.
The university dean told Faisal that Gaddafi wanted him to be his private servant. When he refused, his family was threatened; to continue to refuse would mean death.
Faisal frequently saw Gaddafi naked except for an open, gold-coloured robe he wore when he prayed. He helped to dye Gaddafi's hair and deal with his baldness. "I had to spray this French recipe on the front of his head. It was black and fuzzy and looked like hair, so he would not look like he was bald," Faisal said.
Faisal grew close to some of Gaddafi's female bodyguards, known as the "nuns of the revolution". They all had sex with Gaddafi, he admitted. The more canny of them became wealthy from his gifts of villas or cash.
Faisal is uncomfortable talking about it, but it is clear that Gaddafi was bisexual and surrounded himself with handsome young men. He reluctantly admits Gaddafi tried to seduce him and that he saw him bed young men.
Faisal said Safia, Gaddafi's wife, led a separate life from her husband and they lived apart.
Gaddafi's courtiers would pay up to $US300,000 for foreign women to be flown in.
Faisal was arrested in a roundup of Gaddafi's inner circle but will probably escape charges. "His life was destroyed by the tyrant," said Salah Ben Sassi, the leader of the brigade that captured him.