Wiretapped telephone conversations between Silvio Berlusconi and a businessman charged with recruiting female escorts for his allegedly sex-fuelled parties were made public Saturday, providing the most vivid picture of the prime minister’s debauchery and raising fresh suspicions that he just might be the most hedonistic ruler in the region since Caligula.
The transcript of the telephone calls between Berlusconi and Gianpaolo Tarantini, a previously unknown businessman from southern Italy, are part of an investigation by magistrates looking into the alleged prostitution ring surrounding the prime minister, who joked in one of the calls to act as “prime minister in his spare time.”
Berlusconi, who is 5 feet 5 inches tall, is heard asking Tarantini “not to bring tall [girls], as we are not tall.”
In another call, he boasts to “having been with eight [girls] in one night, even though I could have had eleven.”
At one point, he reveals that there are 40 women staying in his house who just won’t leave. In many others, he asks excitedly who the businessman will bring him next.
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