Hannibal Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, entered British tabloids Wednesday after police responded to a woman’s scream from his London hotel suite. Hannibal Gaddafi, 33, was vacationing at the near-$6,500-a-night suite at the Claridge’s hotel on Christmas Day with his Lebanese model wife, Aline Skaf, and their children when a fight had reportedly erupted at around 1:30 am, the Daily Mail reports.
Police spared Gaddafi’s arrest after the Libyan ambassador informed officers of his diplomatic immunity. An ambulance later took Mrs. Skaf to a local hospital where she was treated for facial injuries. Mrs. Skaff told police that her injuries were sustained by a fall and not from an attack. His bodyguards were arrested for obstructing police officers, though they were later released.
A spokesman from the local police said, “Police were called at 1:25am on Friday 25 December to an incident at Claridge's Hotel in Brook Street W1. Police officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. A woman was taken to hospital suffering facial injuries. Three people were arrested in connection with the incident and taken to a central London police station. All were subsequently de-arrested.”
A hotel spokesman said, “I can confirm there was a domestic incident between some guests at Claridge's on Christmas morning and it was dealt with through normal channels. The police also attended. We cannot comment on the identity of any of our guests and they have since checked out.” This is only the latest incident that has brought Mr. Gaddafi into the media spotlight. In July 2008, Swiss police arrested him and his then pregnant wife for mistreating hotel staff in a Geneva hotel. In 2005, Mr. Gaddafi was arrested at a Paris hotel for beating a woman. He later moved to a second hotel where hotel management accused him of damaging furniture in his suite. In 2004, Mr. Gaddafi was involved in a high-speed, drunk police chase along the Champs-Élysées in France. A year earlier he participated in a fight in Rome that left six photographers in the hospital. In 2001 he assaulted three Italian policemen with a fire extinguisher.