Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is planning his first visit to the U.S. in September when he is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 23. But, where does the reviled leader of a country stay — especially on the heels of the release of the convicted Lockerie bomber who was sent back to Libya and given a hero’s welcome?
Initially, Gadhafi was planning on staying in a Libyan-owned mansion in Englewood, NJ, but he is not welcome there — especially when 38 residents died in the Lockerbie bombing. So, where does a despised leader stay?
How does Joan Rivers’ Manhattan penthouse apartment sound?
According to New York Post’s Richard Johnson, Gadhafi saw Joan Rivers’ penthouse online and called her broker, offering to rent it for $200,000 a week. (Rivers’ place is currently on the market for $25 million). When Rivers heard about it, she had many quips in store:
. . . “I thought it was great. I said I would give half the rent to Lockerbie,” and the other half “to have an exterminator come and clean the apartment when he was done. But my houseman was not happy. He doesn’t know how to cook llama,” Rivers said, apparently unaware llamas live in South America, not North Africa. When Khadafy ultimately decided not to rent the place, Rivers said, “It broke my heart.”