Berlusconi's sexual exploits revealed after his 'pimp' is charged

Posted Sep 19, 2011 by Bradley Axmith
The scandal-ridden Silvio Berlusconi was rocked yesterday by the release of wiretappings that captured the Italian prime minister’s boasting of his sexual exploits in a case involving prostitutes, graft and the misuse of public resources.
Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi
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Mr. Berlusconi’s ‘sex stories’ were revealed during the investigation into an alleged prostitution ring that charged 8 suspects with inciting and exploiting prostitution “for Berlusconi’s benefit” along with several other high profile Italian businessmen including one executive from the state-controlled defence contractor Finmeccanica. Prosecutors in the southern city of Bari claim the suspects provided girls in exchange for jobs, contracts and favours.
A transcript of the recordings, over 100,000 hours intercepted during 2008 and 2009, has the billionaire prime minister lamenting his fornicatory limits at one point to his confidant Gianpaolo Tarantini, how he “had a queue outside the door of the bedroom… There were 11… I only did eight because I could not do it anymore.”
Tarantini has also been arrested on separate charges that he blackmailed the prime minister, allegedly receiving more than half a million euros in exchange for not going public with the details of the sexual transactions. The German actress Sabina Began is also implicated along with Tarantini in procuring prostitutes, would-be weather girls and starlets for erotic dinner parties, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Throwing more gas on the flames is the discovery that Tarantini accompanied the prime minister on an official trip to China in October 2008 in order to supply female distraction to the otherwise dull diplomatic events in Beijing.
Mr. Berlusconi is himself free of prosecution in this case because prostitution is legal in Italy, though it calls into question the 74-year old’s assertion that he never paid for sex and complicates his public defence leading up to his four other trials at a time when only 24% of Italians find him trustworthy according to a poll published by la Repubblica.
He was in court today on charges he paid David Mills, a British lawyer, to commit perjury in the 1990s in order to protect the billionaire’s business interests, according to the Associated Press.
Next week Mr. Berlusconi will defend against charges of tax evasion for his company newspaper and television company Mediaset, followed by the resumption of the most toxic trial involving sex with an underage escort.
The so-called Rubygate Affair, named after Karima el Mahrough, a Marroccan dancer also known as Ruby, will challenge defence claims that el Mahrough told Mr. Berlusconi she was 24 when in fact she was only 17.
Umberto Bossi, leader of the Northern League party and long-time ally to Berlusconi publicly mused on the probability that the prime minister will not survive the end of his elected term, the Guardian reports.
Italy is currently in the grips of a credit crisis and facing austerity measures that will cut in excess of 50 billion euros from the state budget.