July 9th, 2009
01:40 PM ET

La Dolce Vita at the G8

David Puente
AC360° Producer

A former nude model will be among some of the most powerful women in the world at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy this week.

L’Aquila is the town devastated by the earthquake in April and it is also where first ladies like Michelle Obama are joining their husbands for the annual G8 summit. But an ex-glamour and lingerie model is accompanying the Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, 72, to the summit.

Mara Carfagna, 33, was his choice for minister of equal opportunities, last year. Since then she’s been named one of the world's hottest politicians by the men’s magazine Maxim. Carfagna, not Berlusconi’s wife - who has filed for divorce - will escort Michelle Obama, Sarah Brown and the other first spouses on a tour of Rome.

Rumors about Prime Minister Berlusconi’s sex life have been the talk of the Italian media for the last several months. It’s been reported that he told Carfagna that, "If I was not already married, I would run off with you immediately."

The Italian beauties in his inner circle – also dubbed his ‘harem’ by media critics – include education minister Maria Stella Gelmini, 35, youth minister Giorgia Meloni, 32, and environment minister Stefania Prestigiacomo, 42.

The media focus has also been on other women who aren’t part of the prime minister’s cabinet but are personal friends. Like the teenage girl whose photo allegedly captivated Berlusconi enough for him to invite her to his private New Year's Eve bash. Pictures of other beauties sitting on his lap and holding his hands at various parties have also been circulating.

And there was Noemi Letizia, a blond lingerie model. It’s reported that Berlusconi attended her 18th birthday party in April and gave her a necklace worth thousands of dollars. When Veronica Lario, Berlusconi's wife, announced her intention to file for divorce, she alleged that her husband "frequented minors."

But the list of salacious stories doesn’t end there. There was also the paid escort who claims she was one of many sent to Berlusconi's Rome residence. Then last month, another woman named Patrizia D'Addario alleged that she had been to Berlusconi's luxurious palazzo in Rome for parties made up of almost entirely of beautiful women who were paid to be there by Giampaolo Tarantini, a businessman friend of the Italian leader.

On one of those nights in November, D'Addario says she and Berlusconi slept together. Tarantini is now under investigation on suspicion of, among other charges, abetting prostitution. Berlusconi himself has not been accused of any crime and has told the media that he has never paid for sex.

The Italian prime minister has also said that there is nothing in his private life for which he needs to apologize. Though it is true his popularity remains high, not all Italians agree. His critics say that the scandals that have been a source of amusement to some Italians, disgusting to many others and are showcasing Italy’s shame before the world. They add that the sexual allegations are finally going to take a political toll on the prime minister.

Should his personal life remain private or does the Italian prime minister need to change his ways?

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    The G8 summit is a very important summit – especially for climate change goals between the nations. Can we hear something about this rather than the sex and tabloid sensationalism.

    So what that the Italian prime minister is in his late 70s and can keep 20 year old women to 40 year old women sexually satisfied? In Italy to quote a revered source – That's Amore!!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  2. Eugenia - San Francisco, Ca

    Please you keep on fusing about the Prime Ministers sex life. More power to him, Americans are so hung up on the sex life of others. They are both consenting adults. Everyone needs to have a healthy sex life. Period. It's just like enjoying food. There is a difference between food and really good food, same goes for the sex department!

    Beside the tabloidish side effects, The G-8 Summit is very important!

    July 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  3. Jan

    Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll! What has happened to the real CNN?

    July 9, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  4. Isabel, Brazil

    I, eh! The article only talks about Silvio Berlusconi, his scandals and his women.

    The title and video are in disagreement with the content! Too bad!

    July 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  5. Joanne Pacicca

    I am Italian...you gotta love the hot mess in the politics of the motherland! Frankly, this entire debacle is humorous. Sure, dignity is important, but let's live life with all the humanism and humor available in the otherwise serous news!

    July 9, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  6. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Why is something so ridiculous even news worthy?Who cares who the Premier brings to the Summit as long as he brings himself!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    July 9, 2009 at 12:29 pm |

    Berlusconi is really something! However, even if my name is VITA,I don't really believe in "la dolce vita",ecially in politics – it's too distracting. There should be a certain amount of dignity in G-8 Summit.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  8. Lori

    In my opinion, this isn't news.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  9. j

    Dear Sir / Madam:
    I am using this comment site because the site I wanted to extend an opinion was closed. I feel strongly about my next comments. I want to preface my respect for Steve McNair. I was offended, however, by the comment from Eddie George in regard to the public not recognizing the emotional and spiritual transitions that football players go through. WHAT ABOUT THE COMMON FOLK WHO LOSE THEIR JOBS! WAKE UP AMERICA!!! All people are searching for the ego fulfillment and some also searching for food and shelter to support their families.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  10. Tammy, Houma, LA

    Is this any worse than the philandering done by John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton while in office? Or the indiscretions of every other politician past and present who has remained in office despite the scandal and embarrassment of their behaviors? If Americans are dumb enough to tolerate the indiscretions of our politicians and defend them (because apparently no one elected to office is ever held to a higher standard around this nation), we have no right to point fingers at anything happening in Italy. What this prime minister does is none of our business.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:56 am |
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    July 9, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  12. annoyed

    I expected better from CNN. This is one of the most sexist reports I have read in a long time. The article isn't even about the women, really. Most of it is about Berlusoni's private life.

    Also, it's sad that there aren't more women LEADERS at the summit. Articles like this are not helping that cause.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  13. Latanya

    Mr Anderson i just want to drop a few lines about mj it looks to me like everyone is focusing on where the family is going to bury mj i feel that information maybe the family want to keep personal, why is it so important that everyone know about he's money and personal life the point of the matter he worked for it! and personally those kids should stay where they are b/c they don't even no debbie rowe it's about money! everyone just has there hand out! to collect on a black man's accomplishment! i never saw anything like this they don't get into any other entertainers business like they are doing mj ppl are forgetting michael jackson said it dosen't matter if you are black or white! nor did they ask for donation from other famous ppl. It is just SHAMEFUL!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:18 am |