Tuesday's Most Intriguing People: Libyan woman, Libyan prof, Wal-Mart greeter
Eman al-Obeidy shouts to international journalists on Saturday that she was raped by Gadhafi's brigades.
March 29th, 2011
12:55 PM ET

Tuesday's Most Intriguing People: Libyan woman, Libyan prof, Wal-Mart greeter


Her location remains unknown days after she burst into a Tripoli hotel that houses foreign journalists, screaming that she had been raped for days by Moammer Gadhafi's brigades. Al-Obeidy was heavily bruised and bleeding, hysterical and crying during the incident on Saturday. Watch the scene. Libyan officials roughly led her out of the hotel after a violent scuffle with journalists who were trying to protect her. She was forced into a car and driven away and has not been seen since. On Tuesday, the men accused of raping al-Obeidy filed counter-charges against her for slander, a Libyan government spokesman told CNN. Watch CNN's Nic Robertson report this development. Al-Obeidy's mother said Monday that her daughter is being held. But the Libyan government claims al-Obeidy was released and is at home with her family. When al-Obeidy was being rushed out of the hotel by Libyan authorities, she shouted to journalists that if they didn't see her again, "then that's it!" CNN photojournalist Khalil Abdallah, who witnessed the violence at the hotel, said he fears for the woman's safety. When the Libyan authorities told reporters that they would see her again, Abdallah recalled, "We have been told that we'd see people again, but we never do."


The Libyan professor taught economics at the University of Washington but is now in Libya appointed to the opposition's shadow government as finance minister. Tarhouni, 60, returned to the war-torn country a month ago. He had been exiled for the past 35 years. Tarhouni discussed with journalists challenges that the opposition movement faces. "The process was and is very chaotic," he said. His students were stunned by the sudden departure of their instructor, the Seattle Times reports.


The Wal-Mart greeter is the plaintiff whose discrimination claims against Wal-Mart have reached the U.S Supreme Court. Oral arguments begin Tuesday in the case which is the largest class-action employment lawsuit in U.S. history. Dukes and other accuse Wal-Mart of discriminating in pay and promotions based on employees' gender. Dukes worked for Wal-Mart since 1994. She said she was paid significantly less than men with less seniority who were performing similar work, and that she was passed over for several managerial promotions.

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Herbert

    Spock: that was not a rhetorical question. Where is your spaceship and how is Captain Kirk, you filthy, c*ck suking ass/h*le, p*ss b*tt face.

    March 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ThomasD

    Oh hey Banasy. Yeah I dont see either of those stories turning out well for the innocent.

    March 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Gasp!! Herbert? Goodness Gracious !

    March 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazz7

    @ Raven , I guess that's the way he rolls with the guys, It's the way they talk to one another.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Herbert

    Ok ok. I'm sorry Spock. It's just that Cesar c and Mohamad aren't here to fight with anymore. I can't even get JJ to call me maggot anymore. There's no one to play with. Please forgive me Spock. Truly sorry, sir.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Herbert

    Hello. Where is everybody. I said I was sorry.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Herbert

    Cesar c: you are a Tea Partier. Mohamad, I made love to your grandmother. JJ, you are a maggot.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    Yeah,me and Herbert go back a ways, he knows im just teasin ,right Herbie ?

    March 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    wow lots of hostility in here good time to make an exit and go to sleep

    March 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Spock

    @Herbert... I can't respond to you the way I would, remember that I have to be nice to raven n banasy so I will try to get Mohamad for you.

    March 30, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Spock

    @banasy... Hi, Lucy says you get a free pass to Heaven for being nice, not so for Herbert.

    March 30, 2011 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Cant we all just get along ?

    March 30, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
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