BELLEVILLE, Ill. (CBS/AP) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the slain former leader of Libya had a “strange crush” on her.

Rice was in southern Illinois Friday for an appearance at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville. The Belleville News-Democrat reports more than 200 people, many of them veterans, came to hear Rice talk about her new book.

Someone in the audience asked Rice about Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed last month after months of fighting in the north African country.

Rice says she met with Gadhafi in Libya and remembers his odd behavior. After their official meeting, she says Gadhafi insisted that she come into his kitchen to watch a video he had commissioned of her.

“Gadhafi had a strange crush on me. The security detail worked very hard to get me in so I could do what I needed to do and get me out. The conversation was surprisingly normal but a little strange. He said some strange things,” she said.

Rice served under former President George W. Bush.

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