Financier Adnan Khashoggi, confined to New York City while under indictment for fraud, is gaining weight, learning to enjoy the city and patiently biding his time, he said in a copyrighted interview published today.
The Saudi Arabian, once considered the world's richest man, told New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, "I do not see this as punishment, but as a pause that forces you to be bigger and better.
"I maintain a positive attitude. Life is a game. It's varying phases. Nothing is permanent."
Khashoggi, 54, posted $10-million bail July 27 so he could live in his luxury Fifth Avenue apartment--complete with pool and gymnasium--while facing charges he helped Imelda and Ferdinand E. Marcos defraud the Philippine treasury.
He insisted he had done nothing wrong, and added: "I do not discuss guilt or innocence. I discuss attitude. One should accept life's cycles. The will of God. If you have a heart attack and the doctor locks you in bed for months what can you do? That's the same as a judge locking you up."