Friday 24 March 2017

Call girl claims Berlusconi flew drugs to sex party on private jet

Nick Squires in Rome

Most Italians thought Silvio Berlusconi could not drag their country's reputation any lower. But yesterday the sleaze allegations against the Italian prime minister plumbed to new depths when a call girl claimed that his private jet was used to supply marijuana to sex parties at his villa in Sardinia.

Nadia Macri' (28) has told investigators the billionaire premier paid her €10,000 for intercourse when she visited him at Villa Certosa in Sardinia last year and at Arcore, his private residence outside Milan in April.

Miss Macri', an aspiring model who dreamed of appearing on the Italian equivalent of 'Big Brother', said marijuana joints were provided for about 25 young women who had been invited to Villa Certosa, where Mr Berlusconi has entertained Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin.

"There was grass available in all the rooms, it had been brought in on the prime minister's private jet," she told investigators, according to transcripts published by several Italian newspapers. "I saw a number of guests smoking, but never the prime minister."

Claims

The claims surfaced in an unrelated investigation into a cocaine trafficking ring involving Perla Genovesi, a former official in Mr Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party who is now a police whistle-blower.

In 300 pages of testimony recorded last month, Miss Macri' said: "I've been to Berlusconi's homes three times, but we had sex on only two occasions: once in Sardinia and once at Arcore. He gave me €10,000 and other small presents. He personally gave me the money in an envelope."

The allegations were denied by Niccolo Ghedini, Mr Berlusconi's lawyer. "This is about declarations which have already been dismissed by other witnesses . . .parties at Villa Certosa are always conducted with the utmost propriety."

Miss Macri' said she was introduced to the 74-year-old media mogul by Lele Mora, a celebrity agent who has been mentioned by other women connected to the prime minister, and who is being investigated on charges of aiding and abetting prostitution.

Aspiring actresses and models were reportedly put through a kind of selection process by Emilio Fede (79), a close friend of Mr Berlusconi's and a news anchor on one of his television channels, TG4. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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