Friday 19 January 2018

Women 'flown from UK' to Silvio's parties

Nick Squires in Rome

Women were flown from London for Silvio Berlusconi's sex parties, documents alleged yesterday.

The businessman accused of being Mr Berlusconi's party fixer spent £70,000 (€80,334) recruiting escorts, a dossier of evidence drawn up by investigators showed.

Gianpaolo Tarantini (36) allegedly brought them in from all over Italy as well as Britain.

They travelled to Mr Berlusconi's homes in Rome, Milan and Sardinia. The women stayed in luxury hotels and were allegedly paid €1,000 a time to have sexual intercourse with the 74-year-old premier.

The sordid details of the alleged prostitution ring further inflamed the scandal which threatens to bring down Mr Berlusconi, who has boasted of sleeping with eight women in one night. Mr Tarantini, an entrepreneur who was trying to curry favour with the prime minister, allegedly organised 25 "dinner parties" for him between July 2008 and May 2009.

One of the women, Carolina Marconi, a Venezuelan-born topless model, allegedly attended parties in September and December 2008.

"I heard from Carolina Marconi and she said that it would be a great pleasure [to come to the parties] because she's coming back from London today," Mr Tarantini told Mr Berlusconi during an intercepted conversation.

"Then there's a friend of mine from London who is gorgeous, very young -- 21."

Mr Berlusconi is not under investigation for the allegations of using prostitutes, which is not illegal in Italy. But the revelations of sleazy behaviour are damaging his already battered reputation.

The women reportedly included the alleged escort Terry De Nicolo, the showgirls Barbara Guerra and Barbara Montereale and the model Grazia Capone.

Mr Berlusconi yesterday attended the trial of David Mills, his former British tax adviser. Mr Berlusconi is accused of bribing Mr Mills to give false evidence in two corruption cases. The surprise appearance in court in Milan came days after his aides said he would skip the hearing so he could travel to New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

He made no comment as he was driven into the tribunal. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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