Libya hotel brawl after rape claim 26/03/2011 22:11:53Dramatic footage emerged today of western journalists caught up in a hotel brawl in Tripoli after a Libyan woman burst in announcing she wedding dresses australia online sale had been raped by government troops. The cheappartyes woman was tackled by waitresses and government minders as she sat telling her story to the press. She told them troops had detained her at a checkpoint, tied her up, abused her, then led her away to be gangraped"An account that could not be independently verified. She claimed she was targeted by the troops because she is from the eastern city of benghazi, a rebel stronghold. In response, a hotel waitress brandished a butter knife, a government minder reached for his handgun and another waitress pulled a jacket tightly over her head. The waiters called her a traitor and tried to stop her talking. The scene descended into chaos when the journalists tried to intervene to protect the woman and were pushed out of the way by the government minders. A british television reporter was punched and a cnn camera was smashed on the ground by the minders. A gun was pulled out in front of a sky news crew but was not pointed at anyone. Meanwhile the cameras continued to roll and journalists tried to smuggle the footage out but said attempts were made to prevent this. Sky news foreign affairs correspondent lisa holland was among the reporters caught up in the melee, but sky said none of its staff were injured. The fracas culminated in the minders overpowering the woman, leading her outside and shoving her into a car that sped away. At a hastily arranged press conference after the incident, government spokesman moussa ibrahim said investigators had told him the woman was drunk and possibly mentally challenged. He added that she was under investigation. Once per day, no spam. More like this storylibya death toll rises to 27seven killed in benghazi clashesgaddafi son appears in court Most read in worldbush jet makes emergency landinga private jet that had former us president george w.Bush on board made an emergency landing last night. 31 rescued after amphibious tour bus sinks in Liverpoolhirtyone people were rescued in Liverpool today after an amphibious tour bus sank in a city dock. Bikers almost drown out pope's prayers as he blesses of thousands of harleyspope francis has blessed thousands of harleydavidsons and their riders as the american motorcycle manufacturer celebrated its 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather in the vatican. Egypt plane makes emergency landing in scotlanda plane travelling between egypt and the us has made an emergency landing at a scottish airport. In pictures:Police battling protestors in turkeyriot police are still clashing with protesters in the streets near gezi park in istanbul, as tens of thousands of progovernment supporters gather for a rally in support of the prime minister recep tayyip erdogan. Police charge man with child abduction in lorna vickerage casea 35yearold man who went missing with a 14yearold girl has been charged with child abduction in england.