November 1, 2011

A German company has cancelled a major advertising contract with the face of its brand after the model described her passionate relationship with Muammar Gaddafi’s son Mutassim and praised his family.

The telecommunications firm Telefónica Germany and its subsidiary Alice will stop working with Vanessa Hessler, 23, and remove her face from its website within hours, a spokesman, Albert Fetsch, said on Monday.

“Vanessa Hessler has failed to distance herself from her comments on the conflict in Libya,” Fetsch said.

The Italian-American model had been the company’s advertising face for years, and giant posters featuring her were a fixture in many German cities.

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