Italian movie legend Franco Zeffirelli first became aware of his homosexual orientation when he became the object of a priest’s affection while attending Catholic school in Florence. The Romeo And Juliet director insists he wasn’t seriously abused by the clergyman, and believes that early homosexual experiences are “not always bad for boys”.
The 83-year-old, who first spoke of having sexual experiences with men 10 years ago, says, “Sexual abuse is putting it too strongly. There was no penetration. “I felt sorry for the poor man. If I had realised what he had in mind, I would probably have given him what he wanted. I thought the priest felt a special affection for me, he was always kissing me. “(Homosexual experiences) are not always bad for boys. I don’t think they make you homosexual. Sexual choice is made for you early on in life anyway – if you like girls, you like girls.”