Mugabe's Wife Pounds Photog

Brit learns hard way not to mess with first lady and her diamond-encrusted rings
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2009 1:45 PM CST
President Robert Mugabe walks during the inauguration ceremony, watched by his wife Grace, at the State House in Harare, Sunday, June, 29, 2008.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – The wife of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe attacked a photographer for the Times of London who caught her leaving a posh Hong Kong hotel, the newspaper reports. Grace Mugabe ordered her bodyguard to seize the shutterbug’s camera—and then joined in the fracas. The photographer suffered nine cuts, abrasions and bruises to the face caused by the diamond-encrusted rings Mugabe was wearing.

“She was standing there in a mad rage, screaming something at me, and just kept lining up the punches, all into my face,” said the photog. “I thought, how can a first lady be doing this?”