Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: Getty Images
Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, known for his 'bunga bunga' parties and fondness for younger women, has pronounced that women should be happy if a man tries to seduce them.
Berlusconi spoke in support of comments made earlier this week by actress Catherine Deneuve who cautioned against a courtship backlash following the swell of sexual misconduct allegations against prominent men in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, according to Daily Mail report.
Speaking during a late-night talk show on Thursday, Berlusconi said Deneuve had pronounced 'holy' words in saying men should be free to hit on women.
He joked that while women usually hit on him, it was only 'natural' that women enjoy being courted by men.
'It's not an offense to court women if it stays in the realm of elegance,' he said on RAI state television's 'Porta a Porta' program.
Berlusconi has long characterized his sex-fueled 'bunga bunga' parties, where showgirls and models were paid to attend, as 'elegant soirees.'
But although he has faced years of legal woes, he has never faced sexual assault allegations, and a 2013 conviction for paying for sex with an underage woman known as Ruby the Heart Stealer was overturned on appeal.