O Journalist Andrea Giambruno, companion of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, was the subject of controversy this Tuesday after commenting on a case of group rape of a 19-year-old girl in Palermo, stating that she should avoid “getting drunk” if”.
In this case, the victim described how her assailants forced her to drink and video surveillance footage showed her staggering as seven youths carried her away.
“If you are going to dance, you have every right to get drunk – there should be no misunderstandings or reservations – but if you avoid getting drunk and passing out, you probably also avoid certain problems and the risk, in fact, of throwing yourself into the grave of lions”, said Giambruno, during an broadcast of the program ‘Diário do Dia’ on the Rete 4 channel, operated by Mediaset, reports La Repubblica.
Leaders of the opposition to Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing government reacted immediately. “I express my solidarity with the victim of the rape of Palermo, who cannot, in addition to what she experienced, suffer the infamous insults of those who make victims feel guilty”, reacted Elly Schlein, national secretary of the Democratic Party (PD ), the main leftist party.
The PD deputy, Chiara Braga, also appealed to the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Giambruno’s companion, to “distance herself from these words”, according to the Corriere della Sera daily.
In response, Giamburno denounced “a surrealist polemic” and the “instrumentalization” of his statements, recalling that both he and his guests repeatedly condemned the perpetrators of “abominable” acts, calling the attackers “animals”.
This is not the first controversy involving Giambruno, who was labeled a climate denier after he made comments about the heat wave that hit Italy in July. “It’s not news,” he said at the time.
In fact, the journalist also spoke out against the German Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, who questioned the convenience of traveling to certain areas of Southern Europe due to the climate. “Stay in the Black Forest,” I told him.
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