Italian model Vanessa Hessler has had a contract cancelled and her face removed from the front of two German companies' advertising material, having spoke fondly of a relationship with the recently killed Colonel Gadaffi's son Muatassim.
Hessler made the comments in Italian magazine Diva e Donna, quoted by the UK's Daily Telegraph, in which she discussed dating the younger Gadaffi for four years - he has since been captured and killed; "I didn't have any contact with him since the uprising broke out, but our relationship was one of passion," she reportedly said, going on to add "The Gaddafi family is not as they are being depicted, they are normal people." Finishing her self-damaging statement, the 23-year-old went on to say that the rebels uprising in Libya were "people who don't know what they're doing."
The model's words have angered German telecommunications firm Telefonica Germany and its subsidiary Alice, with spokesman Albert Fetsch commenting "Vanessa Hessler has failed to distance herself from her comments on the conflict in Libya." The model has now been removed from all advertising, which includes large posters throughout the major cities of Germany, and her contract terminated. It's reported that she refused to go back on her comments during discussions between the company and her agency, creating an impasse.