Italy’s Prime Minister has reacted angrily to a newspaper report which alleges that women were paid to attend parties in his villas in Rome and Sardinia. The highly-respected daily Corriere della Sera said the investigation stemmed from wiretapped conversations of businessmen in the southern city of Bari, who mentioned the payments.
The report was accompanied by an interview with one of the women allegedly involved. Patrizia D’Addario also claims to have been offered a position as candidate for Berlusconi’s party in Bari’s municipal elections. On Tuesday, prosecutors in Rome said they were shelving an inquiry into whether Berlusconi abused his position by using official flights to bring guests here to his Sardinian villa. The media magnate-turned politician’s personal life has been under public scrutiny since late April, when it was revealed he had attended the birthday party of an 18-year-old model. Days later his wife filed for divorce, claiming Berlusconi was “not well.”