Why old charmer Berlusconi has all the Lady Luck
Despite the naysayers, even four in a bed may not prove to be a romp too many for Silvio, writes Eilis O'Hanlon
BAD news for Italy's national image as a new survey by magazine Vie Del Gusto reveals that women worldwide are no longer falling for the myth of the Latin lover, and instead find Italian men increasingly humourless, infantile and way too much in touch with their feminine sides.
The good news is that Silvio Berlusconi seems to be trying to make up for this amorous deficit all by himself, as a witness in a corruption investigation tells how she was hired by a dodgy businessman to spend the night, along with two other women, in bed with the Italian premier at his Rome residence. Maria Teresa Di Nicolo, whose statement to public prosecutors was leaked last week to the left-wing newspaper La Republicca, isn't the first whistleblower either. A year ago, another prostitute, Patrizia D'Addario, came clean in a salacious book on how she had also taken part in sex parties at Palazzo Graziolo.
If only Kenneth Starr, the notorious prosecutor who ferociously dogged Bill Clinton over the US President's own loose-zippered peccadilloes, had been born Italian. He'd have had a field day over this. The only difference being that, unlike Americans, Italians just don't seem all that bothered. So the old boy likes a little relaxation at the end of the day in the company of some beautiful women, they shrug and say, who wouldn't?