"A German company has cancelled a major advertising contract with an Italian-American model after she described her passionate relationship with Muammar Gaddafi's son, Muatassim, and praised his family.
Telecommunications firm Telefonica Germany and its subsidiary, Alice, will stop working with 23-year-old model Vanessa Hessler and remove her face from its website within hours, spokesman Albert Fetsch said today.
"Vanessa Hessler has failed to distance herself from her comments on the conflict in Libya," Mr Fetsch said.
Hessler had been the company's advertising face for years, and giant posters featuring the model were a fixture in many German cities.
Talks between Telefonica and Hessler's agency did not yield a solution because Hessler stood by her comments, said Fetsch. "We and our clients have no comprehension for what she said."
She's free to say what she likes but there is no obligation on anyone to employ her. She's probably a bit of a nit who thinks that the good treatment she got is the way everybody was treated by Gaddafi and his family