People the world over are appalled and fascinated in equal measure by the stratospheric political career of the tycoon and three-time Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. In a new biography Being Berlusconi, Michael Day examines the life and crimes of the shameless media mogul and sheds light on the infamous Bunga Bunga parties.
The events around Karima El Mahroug’s May 27 arrest and her interviews with the authorities must have set alarm bells ringing for Berlusconi. But the sex-crazed prime minister was having too much fun to stop.
On August 22, his talent spotter Fede brought to Arcore two new and beautiful young women, Ambra Battilana and Chiara Danese, whom he had wooed with promises of jobs as meteorine—the completely unqualified, but sexy, girls who presented the weather reports on his wretched TG4 news show. The account Battilana and Danese gave to magistrates of their evening at the mogul’s mansion provided some of the most eye-opening and probably most credible descriptions of Berlusconi’s “elegant dinners.”