Cannes Red Carpet 2012Eva Longoria
Cannes Red Carpet 2012Eva Longoria
Squatters occupy London mansion owned by Gaddafi's son
Squatters have entered and occupied a house in London that is believed to be owned Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the Libyan leader, according to the Metropolitan Police.
An activist group calling themselves Topple The Tyrants have taken over the £10-million property in Hampstead Garden Suburb in north London. They said they will remain there until they are confident the property's assets will be duly returned to the Libyan people.
Police were called to an address in Hampstead Garden Suburb at approximately 12:50pm today to reports of unknown people entering the premises, a Scotland Yard spokesman told Agence France Presse.
At this time this is being treated as a civil matter. There have been no arrests. Police are monitoring the situation and safer neighborhood reassurance patrols are taking place in the area.
The activist group said in a statement: We didn't trust the British government to properly seize the Gaddafi regime's corrupt assets, so we took matters into our own hands.
“When we found out one of the world’s most brutal dictators owned property in North London it seemed like an obvious thing to occupy it for the people of Libya. Our aim is to make sure that the assets stolen by Gaddafi are returned to the Libyan people and don’t disappear into the pockets of governments or corporations. In the meantime we want to welcome refugees from the conflict in Libya and those fleeing tyranny and oppression across the world. We stand in solidarity with the Libyan people.
The neo-Georgian mansion reportedly has eight-bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool, a sauna room and a cinema room.
The group also stated the property was managed by the Gaddafi family through a holding company registered in the British Virgin Islands.
We will stay here until we can be sure the property will be returned to its rightful owners, the group's spokesman, Montgomery Jones told the BBC.
The police came to look around, then went away. The house isn't occupied at the moment but there are things to sit on.
Last week, The British government has already frozen assets owned by Moammar Gaddafi and his family.
Cannes Red Carpet 2012Jane Fonda
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Cannes Red Carpet 2012French Actress Virginie Ledoyen
The opening ceremony of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in the French Riviera was surely a sight to see. Pristine weather and beautiful celebrities helped to make the moment one to remember, as Cannes celebrates its 65th year. Actresses Diane Kruger, who is a jury member at this year's festival, and Eva Longoria looked absolutely stunning with long flowing trains.
Diane Kruger donned a custom aqua silk draped Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress. She looked sophisticated and glamorous with her hair pulled back in a sleek bun.
Eva Longoria opted for a more voluminous number -- an embellished, blush Marchesa gown with a flared ruffle skirt. A silk screen covered the chest of her V-neck body-hugging gown. This is the biggest red carpet in the world! U like the dress??#CannesLoreal, Longoria tweeted to her fans. Longoria and actress Freida Pinto are L'Oreal Paris brand ambassadors for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Both must match L'Oreal cosmetics with their red carpet gowns.
Jane Fonda looked super sexy in a slinky bronze Atelier Versace dress. At 74-years-old, she looked better than some half her age! She is in France showing off her age-defying body and promoting Peace, Love and Misunderstanding. Fonda, a vocal liberal, is also set to appear in the movie The Butler, as Nancy Reagan.
Everybody thinks I am going to be disrespectful. I'm not. She was a powerful first lady and wonderful wife to Ronald Reagan. I'm going to play it fair and square, she told celebrity writer Liz Smith in a recent interview.
Jessica Chastain chose subtler attire -- a white Alexander McQueen gown with Louis Vuitton jewelry. Alec Bladwin's finacee Hilaria Thomas also kept it simple with a black silk gown and bold crimson lips.
Opening day of the festival also acted as the premiere of Wes Anderson's latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, starring Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand.
Sometimes when you work with a director you know you not only may never see them again, sometimes you hope you never see them again, Murray said of Anderson at Cannes. And that goes for the director as well. They can't wait for you to leave; they drive you to the airport to make sure you leave. That happens. But with Wes I've never gotten a ride to the airport, and I like it.
Check out photos from the red carpet on day one of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.