WikiLeaks: The Gaddafi Family Lifestyle

Which A-listers have been partying with the Gaddafi family over the years? If you guessed Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Usher, you’re less then half-right because you left out Jon Bon Jovi, Lindsay Lohan, supermodels Miranda Kerr and Victoria Silvestedt and BET Founder Robert Johnson.

As for the 68-year-old Colonel Gaddafi, the cables describe him as a hypochondriac who fears flying over water and has an intense dislike or fear of staying on upper floors. The cables said he was an avid fan of horse racing and flamenco dancing who once added “King of Culture” to the long list of titles he had awarded himself. The memos also said he was accompanied everywhere by a “voluptuous blonde,” the senior member of his posse of Ukrainian nurses.

His second wife, Safiya, was raised in Banghazi and travels by chartered jet in Libya, with a motorcade of Mercedes vehicles waiting to pick her up at the airport to take her to her destination.

The second-eldest son and heir-apparent, Saif, is a trained engineer who received his PhD from the London School of Economics.

Western media reported that Saif paid Mariah Carey $1 million to sing just four songs at a New Year’s Day bash in 2009 on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.

Saif denied the report through a newspaper he owns. The big spender, he told others, according to one of the cables, was his brother, Muatassim, Libya’s national security adviser. Despite the negative publicity, Saif has “persisted in his hard-partying, womanizing ways,” according to the cables.

Muatassim, the fourth-eldest, was described as “not very bright” by the Serbian ambassador. Another cable said that Muatassim had demanded $1.2 billion in 2008 from the chairman of Libya’s national oil corporation, reportedly to establish his own militia.

Although high-profile scandals have “provided local observers with enough dirt for a Libyan soap opera,” Muatassim repeated his St. Barts New Year’s fest, this time hiring the pop singers Beyoncé and Usher. That party became fodder for American and European tabloids, which breathlessly revealed Beyoncé’s $2 million payday for her five-song set. Among the celebrities partying the night away with the Gaddafi clan were Jon Bon Jovi, Lindsay Lohan, supermodels Miranda Kerr and Victoria Silvestedt, and BET founder Bob Johnson.

The third-eldest son, Sa’adi, is “notoriously ill-behaved,” according to cables. Sa’adi has a troubled past, including scuffles with police in Europe (especially Italy), abuse of drugs and alcohol, excessive partying, travel abroad in contravention of his father’s wishes. Sa’adi reportedly used troops under his control to affect the outcome of business deals.

Another son, Hannibal, has a history of brutish behavior and public scuffles with authorities in Europe and elsewhere. He fled London after being accused of physically abusing his wife (to St. Barts, for brother Muatassim’s New Year’s Party with Beyoncé, according to tabloid reports). Hannibal’s arrest in Geneva for beating his servants created a rift between the Gaddafis and Switzerland, with the Swiss eventually backing down after Libya threatened to with its assets from the country.

Cables claim Saif is at odds with siblings Muatassim, Hannibal, Sa’adi and a sister Aisha.

An update on the celebrities responses to being outed for hobnobbing with the Gaddafi clan is here.

Link to the notorious “voluptuous blonde” cable on WikiLeaks is here.

Complete articles via New York Times and Guardian.


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