Women should be happy if men try to hit on them, says Silvio Berlusconi
- August 2, 2020
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Silvio Berlusconi has waded into the debate over sexual harassment provoked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying that women should be happy if a man tries to seduce them.
He said, however, that he was no expert in the field because he was always being chased by women and rarely had to do the wooing.
The former prime minister, who was convicted but then acquitted of paying for sex with an underage escort nicknamed Ruby the Heart Stealer, spoke out in support of comments made this week by Catherine Deneuve.
The French actress was one of 100 women to sign a letter in Le Monde this week defending a man’s right to steal a kiss or touch a woman’s knee, complaining that the campaign against harassment had become "puritanical" and that it was fueled by a “hatred of men”.
“Catherine Deneuve spoke blessed words," said Mr Berlusconi, 81.
"It’s natural that women are happy if a man tries to seduce them," he said in a television interview. "I don’t have much experience with this because it’s always women who try to seduce me. The important thing is that the courtship is elegant.”
The octogenarian has, over the years, repeatedly boasted of his way with women.
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In 2011 he joked: “When asked if they would like to have sex with me, 30% of women said, ‘yes’, while the other 70% replied, ‘What, again?’"
After his separation from his long-suffering wife, former actress Veronica Lario, Mr Berlusconi threw himself into a tempestuous year of hosting “bunga bunga” parties at his residence near Milan and his summer villa in Sardinia.
He later settled down, however, with a former shop assistant from Naples who is nearly half a century younger than him.
Francesca Pascale, 32, has described how she became determined to woo the former premier when she met him while working for his centre-Right party.
In an interview with the Italian edition of Vanity Fair in 2013, she claimed that she had fallen for the billionaire businessman when she was a teenager, offering him her telephone number at a party rally.
“I chased him, I wooed him – I did everything. All he had to do was say ’yes’,” she said.
Mr Berlusconi is leading a centre-Right coalition, consisting of his own Forza Italia party and two others, which hopes to win power in Italy’s general election on March 4.
Much as he would love to be prime minister again, he is barred from public office as a result of a conviction for tax fraud.
Although eventually acquitted of paying for sex with Ruby the Heart Stealer, a Moroccan dancer whose real name is Karima El Mahroug, Mr Berlusconi faces a new trial in which he is accused of bribing starlets and showgirls to lie in court about the bunga bunga parties.
He has always denied paying women for sex, telling an Italian gossip magazine: "I never understood where the satisfaction is when you’re missing the pleasure of conquest."