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Gaddafi's crush on me was "weird and creepy," says Condoleezza Rice (VIDEO)


Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi poses with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her visit to Tripoli in 2008. Rebels looting Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli on August 24, 2011 found a photo album devoted to Condoleezza Rice.



Condoleezza Rice has described Muammar Gaddafi's apparent crush on her as being "weird and a bit creepy."

The former U.S. secretary of state met Gaddafi in Tripoli in 2008, during the brief period that saw Gaddafi's international reputation rehabilitated and Washington restore diplomatic relations with the former enemy state.

In her new book, "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington," Rice described how the late Libyan leader played her a video montage made up of images of herself, set to a song called "Black Flower in the White House" by a Libyan composer, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported.

"It was weird, but at least it wasn't raunchy," Rice said in the book.

In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, she described the experience as being "quite extraordinary, and weird and a bit creepy."

"I had actually known that he had this fixation on me," Rice said on CNN.

"It was my job to go there and do a little bit of diplomatic business and get out," she said. "But I have to say I did have that terrible moment when he said that he had the video. I am just glad that it all came out all right." 

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Rice also described the experience on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in which she recounted meeting Gaddafi after learning that he had an obsession with her.

"I thought, 'Just get through your business, just do the work of diplomacy,'" she recalled. "Everything was going fine and then he said, 'I have this video for you.' And I thought, 'Uh-oh, what is this?'"

Gaddafi was killed last month after being captured by the rebels who had brought down his 42-year regime.

A photo album filled with pictures of Rice, many of them close-ups, was found by Libyan rebels looting Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli after he fled the city in August.

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In a 2007 interview, Gaddafi raved about Rice.

"I support my darling black African woman," Gaddafi told Al Jazeera. "I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders ... Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. ... I love her very much. I admire her and I'm proud of her because she's a black woman of African origin."