Osama bin Laden’s niece is secretly living the high life as a party-mad regular at bondage-themed sex club nights and the front-woman of an all-female rock band, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
That’s the shocking finding of an exhaustive investigation that tracked down Wafah Dufour — who went into hiding nearly 13 years ago after her romance with The Voice coach John Legend fizzled and her goal of achieving music stardom failed.
The 43-year-old former socialite adopted her mother’s last name after reportedly fleeing New York only weeks before her terrorist uncle ordered the heinous 9/11 attacks.
In a blockbuster exclusive, Radar snapped the first photos of Wafah in more than a decade at a performance of her band, Deep Tan, on March 9 at a London club. Check out the exclusive photos in this Radar gallery.
Wafah was born in America but raised in Saudi Arabia, and sources said she keeps her family tree under wraps.
The tattooed rocker, whose ink includes Kermit the Frog smoking pot, has insisted she only met her terrorist uncle once and “loves” America.
Wafah’s father is the late Al-Qaeda chief’s half-brother Yeslam. She was born in Los Angeles, but later moved to Saudi Arabia, and then Geneva, Switzerland, with her parents. After earning a law degree at Geneva University, Wafah went on to get a master’s degree from Columbia Law School in New York.
In the past, she’s said her evil uncle would “die” or have “a heart attack” if he knew about her lifestyle and musical performances, which would have gotten her stoned to death under the strict Sharia law he was hell-bent on imposing on the world.
In a 2006 interview, Wafah claimed she broke down while watching the 9/11 carnage on television.
Hell On Earth
“I wanted to disappear. I was freaking out, crying hysterically, watching this in horror,” she said.
“I was like, ‘Somebody’s bombing my city, and I wanna go home!’ ”
Wafah, who once rubbed shoulders with A-listers in Hollywood and Europe, is said to sleep above a pub in a small room — a common practice for struggling artists who perform in exchange for rent-free digs. But friends say her pauper lifestyle is all part of an act.
“At first, everyone had sympathy for her and thought she was a nice kid with an unfortunate family connection,” dished a friend. “But Wafah is an extremely wealthy girl who is used to getting what she wants and having people jump at her every word.
Woe Is Me!
“She kept saying, ‘Poor me, I have no family because I left to pursue my dream.’ But she has no family because her uncle is a terrorist!"
Enough Is Enough!
“She’s a spoiled rich girl, and it’s wearing thin. This new image of being a struggling indie artist isn’t fooling any of us.”
Wafah has been spotted in the past partying with the rich and famous, like Jade Jagger and Jerry Hallat a trendy nightclub or attending charity affairs with the likes of singers Rod Stewart, Phil Collins and Natalie Imbruglia. She also reportedly collaborated with Madonna’s producer Nellee Hooper, but an industry source said her birth name thwarted her dream of landing a record deal.
“There’s only one worse name she could have, and that’s Hitler,” the source said.