A Brief History
On November 12, 2011, Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, resigned due to a debt crisis, not the many accusations of sexual misconduct that would mar his career, including holding “bunga-bunga” sex parties! Despite all the sordid reports and corruption, he died in 2023 as the third richest man in Italy. Today, we list a few of the worst political sex scandals and ask you to tell us which was the worst.
In the 15th Century, Pope Alexander VI allegedly had sex orgies and incest with his daughter.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton lied about sexual relations with Monica Lewinski and was impeached.
In 2007, Senator Larry Craig was caught soliciting homosexual sex in an airport bathroom despite his anti-gay politics.
In 2010, former President of Israel Moshe Katsav was convicted after he left office of rape.
In 2023, former President Donald Trump was found liable in civil court for the 1996 sexual assault of E. Jean Carroll.
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(Note: We know there are so many political sex scandals that we could not list in this short article, so feel free to nominate any that are not on our list, such as The Profumo Case, the DC Sex Madam, John Edwards, Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, etc.)
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For more information, please see…
Hughes, Andy. A History of Political Scandals: Sex, Sleaze and Spin. Pen & Sword Military, 2013.
Slansky, Paul. The Little Quiz Book of Big Political Sex Scandals. Simon & Schuster, 2009.
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