The Italian Almanac


Italian News - May 13

Italy's supreme court kept up a reputation for dodgy sex rulings on Friday by giving the thumbs up to estranged husbands who try to cajole unwilling spouses into having sex. The court turned down an appeal from prosecutors bidding to pin a sexual assault charge on a man who grabbed his estranged wife, cuddled her and insisted on renewing their physical relationship. She turned down his demands, managed to free herself and the two came to blows.

In turning down the sex charge, the court noted that the men had "embraced her passionately and uttered words of affection, desire and frustration, with the possible intention of restoring conjugal unity". It said the woman had herself "admitted he only cuddled her, without feeling her up". His actions should therefore be seen as "a simple gesture of affection, even though he was trying to have sex".