Berlusconi Backs Deneuve's Stance on #MeToo, Defines Limits in Courting Women

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

France's most revered actress, Catherine Deneuve, hit out on January 9, 2018, at a new "puritanism" sparked by sexual harassment scandals, declaring that men should be "free to hit on" women.

The former Italian Premier, notorious for his "bunga bunga" parties and extra-martial affairs, said Deneuve's words were "holy" in a late-night television appearance.

Berlusconi said "It's not an offense to court women if it stays in the realm of elegance", and that it was only "natural" that women enjoy the affections of men.

Berlusconi has long characterized his sex-fueled "bunga bunga" parties, where showgirls and models were paid to attend, as 'elegant soirees'.

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.

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But the 81-year-old former cruise ship crooner does appreciate handsome, young women.

Berlusconi is now leading a center-right coalition that hopes to retake power in general elections on 4 March.

Deneuve is one of around 100 French women who have criticised the "MeToo" movement, accusing it of being a "witch-hunt against men".

He is now unable to run for office due to a tax fraud conviction, but his party could get into power - with current polls suggesting that a Forza Italia-led coalition could be on the cusp of gaining a parliamentary majority.

It said the "legitimate protest against sexual violence" stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal had gone too far and threatened hard-won sexual freedoms.

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