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

Angelo Anderson
January 13, 2018

Speaking in a late-night talk show, former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has expressed his support for Catherine Deneuve in her criticism of the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment. "It's natural that women are happy if a man tries to seduce them", he said in a television interview.

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.

Berlusconi has long characterized his sex-fueled "bunga bunga" parties as "elegant soirees".

But the 81-year-old former cruise ship crooner has made no secret of his appreciation for attractive young women. His second wife left him after he showed up at the 18th birthday party of a supporter's daughter, and his current girlfriend is 50 years his junior.

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


Berlusconi is now fighting to get back into mainstream Italian politics, and is leading his Forza Italia party with the hope of strong results in Italy's 4 March election.

Billionaire Berlusconi's Go Italy party (FI) is now doing well in opinion polls ahead of a March 4th election, although he is not able to run for office due to a tax fraud conviction.

"This letter, it's a bit like the awkward work colleague or annoying uncle who doesn't understand what's happening", they said.

The movement was born in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal after he was accused of numerous counts of sexual assault.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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