Gadhafi Hires 200 Hot Italian Women, Tries to Convert Them
Leader also gives out copies of his book
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2009 2:23 PM CST
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi greet each other during a meeting in Palazzo Chigi Premier office in Rome, Monday, Nov. 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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(Newser) – Moammar Gadhafi hired a couple of hundred attractive Italian women for the night, headed to the Libyan ambassador's place in Rome, shepherded them into a room, and ... tried to convert them to Islam. The Libyan dictator offered $75 for the evening, causing most of the women to assume they’d be working as hostesses. Instead, after several were rejected for dressing too suggestively or being too short, the remaining women got a private lecture in which Gadhafi exhorted them to convert.

Gadhafi, in Italy for a UN summit, distributed copies of the Koran and his book, The Green Book. He told them that he knew Jesus was not crucified—“they crucified someone who looked like him,” he said. Most felt confused and dismayed. "We were at least expecting a snack," an audience member told the Guardian.