The saga of Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the call girl took another twist Thursday with the release of a tape allegedly recorded while the pair were having sex and then discussing his performance.
In the third series of tapes and transcripts published this week by the left-leaning weekly L’Espresso, the woman, Patrizia D’Addario, apparently flatters the 72-year-old, adding: “You know how long it has been since I had sex like I had with you tonight ... It’s several months, since I broke up with my boyfriend ... Is this normal?”
A voice said to be that of Berlusconi credits his performance as “a family thing,” then advises D’Addario, 42, on sexual practices.
The tapes deepened the political ourage in Italy. Massimo Donadi, parliamentary leader of the left-wing Italy of Values party, called the Prime Minister’s behavior “morally reprehensible.” Dario Franceschini, leader of the main center-left opposition, said Berlusconi was trapped in his own reality show.
The tapes, the third installment of Berlusconi’s encounter with D’Addario, released over the past three days, left Italy wondering what would come next. There was no comment from Berlusconi’s office. The previous day he had tried to shrug off the scandal by saying: “I’m no saint.”
After recordings in which Berlusconi apparently asks D’Addario to “wait for him in the big bed,” Thursday's tapes took the listener inside the bedroom as the couple had intimate relations. He apparently tells her: “You should have sex with yourself — you should touch yourself often.”
In another tape, dated Oct. 5, 2008, also released Thursday, the prime minister is allegedly heard showing D’Addario around his Sardinian holiday home, Villa Certosa, where he has been known to invite attractive young women for parties.