Saturday 24 March 2018

Pressure mounts on Berlusconi after sordid sex boasts

Nick Squires in Rome

SILVIO Berlusconi is defiantly clinging on to power today after further sordid revelations about his sex life, including boasts about having sex with eight women in one night.

The Italian prime minister, who is 75 this month, was recorded gloating about the encounters and lamenting that he could not manage another three women.

And opposition leaders have demanded an inquiry to determine if Italian government aircraft flew a bevy of young prostitutes to Berlusconi's private parties.

As pressure mounted on Berlusconi last night, his top aide insisted the Italian leader has "no desire to resign".

Angelino Alfano, who Berlusconi tapped as his successor, told a rally in northern Italy that their conservative party still supports him and that he'll stay until elections in spring 2013.

However, the ally keeping him in power, Northern League leader Umberto Bossi, has called that date "too far" away.

The conversations were recorded as part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring surrounding Mr Berlusconi.

They suggested for the first time that he gave money to the women he allegedly slept with, contradicting his repeated insistence that he has never paid for sex.

The dossier of transcripts contains a list of around 30 women who allegedly slept with the prime minister for money or other favours, such as advancement with their careers, at more than 20 parties in 2008 and 2009. The women included Argentine model Belen Rodriguez and Graziana Capone, described as "the Angelina Jolie of Bari".

In one conversation taped by investigators in early 2009, Mr Berlusconi says: "Last night I had a queue outside my door, there were 11 of them.

"I only managed to do eight of them, I couldn't manage any more. You just can't get round to all of them. But this morning I feel great, I'm pleased with my stamina."

Mr Berlusconi frequently complained his official duties prevented him from spending more time with his female admirers. "Oh, to pass the days with my babes; I'm just the prime minister in my spare time," he allegedly said in one conversation, which is among 100,000 telephone calls Italian prosecutors recorded.

In September 2008 he lamented he faced a "terrible" week, including meetings with the Pope and Italy's president; Gordon Brown; Nicolas Sarkozy; and Angela Merkel. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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