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Mystic of gigolos

world Updated: Mar 16, 2009 01:33 IST
Vijay Dutt

The beautiful Helen of Troy launched a thousands ships centuries ago. Now, Helg Sgarbi, a 44-year-old Swiss, who made a career out of conning some of Europe's wealthiest women, has reignited a psychological study of gigolos and their likely clients.

“He has smashed the theory that gigolos look like Richard Gere,” said a psychologist. “He’s way too ugly, skinny and geeky to be any sort of a gigolo.” But to his women from whom he amassed a fortune of eight million pounds, he was James Bond.

“It’s not love that makes one blind but also loneliness and frustration,” explained Laura Mills (name changed), a psychology post-graduate student. The BMW heiress who brought the Swiss to court said almost the same thing. “...he seemed very sad. That stirred a feeling in me that we had something in common.”

The mystic of gigolos is being explored. Janice Turner, a former editor of a women’s magazine, writing in the Times said she had called one Andrew Rosetta, who recently retired from his “occupation” after a decade being rich enough to live in an expensive West End pad which he owns, “to try to shed light on how the BMW heiress Susanne Klatten could be hoodwinked,” handing over millions to “a thin-lipped chancer in a too-big suit like Helg Sgarby”.

One reason for men to opt for it is explained by Lyudmila Alexandrova ITAR-TASS. “In modern Russia … real men seem to be going extinct. Machos die in local wars or get killed in mob shootouts…Amid the crisis such men quite often try to survive at the expense of ‘ladies of means.”

Psychologists confirm that gigolos would have a really good time for the next few months. In crisis days wealthy men get rid of their lovers on the side, just the way they divest non-core assets.

The abandoned women may be the first to venture into the risk zone, looking “an easy prey.”