Bob Guccione’s FBI File: The Italian Beauty Who Turned A Painter Into A Porn King

Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione’s larger-than-life persona was exemplified by his jet-setting lifestyle, decadent love life and 30-room Italianate mansion decorated with paintings by El Greco, Degas, Matisse and Picasso.With a distin…

Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione’s larger-than-life persona was exemplified by his jet-setting lifestyle, decadent love life and 30-room Italianate mansion decorated with paintings by El Greco, Degas, Matisse and Picasso.

With a distinctly European flair, the porn potentate came a long way from his native Brooklyn. But there was a darker side to Guccione’s fame involving potential links to the mob and possible exploitation of underage women, as outlined in his FBI file obtained by The Huffington Post — which also reveal the Italian beauty who transformed him from a painter into an erotica publisher.

Guccione, who died of cancer last October, was tracked by the FBI for alleged ties to organized crime during the early 1980s. A private investigator, who claims he was paid $1 million by Penthouse, told the bureau that he tried to introduce Guccione to an “individual __ believed to be an organized crime figure,” according to the file. “The purpose of this meeting between Guccione and ___ was that ___ wished to help finance Guccione’s attempt to complete a casino in Atlantic City.”

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