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Powerful Italian Mafia not immune to #MeToo

By David Amoruso

Times have changed. Where a man could once get away with sexist and outright criminal behavior toward women, today he is shamed and prosecuted in front of a worldwide audience. And not just politicians and Hollywood moguls. Even the Italian Mafia is confronted with the power of a woman.

Through the use of deadly violence, Italy’s Mafia groups have carved out a position of wealth and power in the world. Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, Campania’s Camorra, Calabria’s ‘Ndrangheta, and Puglia’s Sacra Corona Unita rule with an iron fist, controlling large parts of both the illicit and the legitimate economies.

With this great power comes a sense of entitlement, of respect and favors, even, of love.

Michele Coluccia, a leader of the Noha clan of Sacra Corona Unita, felt he deserved the love and affection of a 30-year-old woman. Coluccia is a 59-year-old mob boss from the town of Galatina, near the city of Lecce, who commands men to commit unspeakable criminal acts and who is accustomed to having his wishes granted.

The woman, a mother of two children and happily married no less, turned him down every day, while the Mafia boss continued to haunt her for a year-and-a-half. Then, on Tuesday, things reached a boiling point when Collucia and a 57-year-old pal showed up at the woman’s home. He screamed at the woman, offended that she refused his love, and threatened her with a cast iron.

By that point, she had already called for police, who arrived on the scene in time to arrest the angry Mafioso. “He was charged with persecutory acts after pursuing the woman even though she made it plain she wanted nothing to do with him,” police told ANSA.

Collucia is currently held in jail and denies all charges against him. He is defended by lawyers Francesco Vergine and Pantaleo Cannoletta.

The days of condoning stalking, harassing, ass-grabbing, pussy-grabbing, sexual assault, and rape by men are over. The #MeToo movement is here to stay and men from all walks of life better get used to it. No is no. Even when your job consists of breaking every rule in the book.

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