While the face and name of Lydie Denier is known to many as a first-rate actress and stunning model, Denier is practically being ignored by the U.S. news media because she was at one time the fiancée of Ambassador Chris Stevens. Yes, that Chris Stevens: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “friend” who was left to die in 2012 at a diplomatic mission in one of the world’s most dangerous cities, Benghazi, Libya.
What is truly astounding is the news media’s failure to cover the reaction of family members, love ones and friends to Ambassador Chris Stevens’ murder. And the sad and angering fact that reporters never got in touch with that someone – Lydie Denier — who knew Amb. Stevens as a best friend, a lover and a former betrothed.
On April 23, 2016, this writer published his first story about Denier after the Steve Malzberg Show’s host interviewed her. During the videotaped segment Denier spoke about the late ambassador and of an article she wrote at the beginning of April, titled, “A Voice for Ambassador Chris Stevens.” On Monday, May 22, she again appeared on Malzberg’s show.
Denier, who began dating Stevens while he served as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department in 1994 said he was her very first and only love. Her heartfelt description of him contrasted greatly with what she had to say about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s role prior to the devastating incident, during the actual Battle of Benghazi and the orchestrated cover up that followed the deaths of the ambassador and three CIA contracted security agents.
“As far as Hillary Clinton … it will take more than six minutes for me to say how I feel,” Denier began, “but obviously I feel I think she should have done a better job for security and (should not have] ignored his request.” Miss Denier referred to Clinton ignoring the requests for additional security in Benghazi after a number of bombings and attacks by Islamists.
“If he was a friend — she said he was a friend — then you don’t let your friend down,” said the actress. When asked if she believes Clinton is getting a pass, Denier noted that the Clintons are “very powerful.”
Denier provides a heartbreaking description of the moment she learned her fiancé was murdered on Sept. 11, 2012 in a Libyan terrorist stronghold:
“I was at home in Laguna Beach, California when Matt Lauer’s voice filled the air around me. I had barely had time for my first sip of morning coffee while sitting in bed watching the Today Show.
“A chill ran through my body as I stared at the television, unable to absorb the information and the face I had just seen flash across the TV. The man pictured had blond-gray hair, blue eyes, and a big white grin I knew only too well. In disbelief I walked to the television screen to get a closer look at his photo, his name clearly visible underneath. I didn’t have my glasses on, but still the blindness that I felt was not normal, I was in shock. His photo was replaced by images of flames in the background.
“Matt Lauer continued to report. “Reuters and AFP are reporting that the American ambassador to Libya, along with three other State Department workers have been killed in an attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. A Greek contractor with the US Mission in Benghazi is telling NBC that he identified the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens in a Benghazi street earlier today.”
“I wanted to run or to scream but I couldn’t. My knees were shaking and unable to move. I felt a sharp pain pierce my heart. My blurry vision was getting worse as I thought “Oh God, what is going on?” A wave of nausea washed over me but I sat, frozen to my spot on the bed, staring intently at the television screen.
“It couldn’t be him, I tried to convince myself. It has to be a mistake; it must be another Chris Stevens. Then his picture reappeared. I grabbed my glasses and now I could see without a doubt that there was no mistake; it was my Chris, my skinny chicken and he was gone… forever.”