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Berlusconi under fire over alleged call girl chats

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Berlusconi under fire over alleged call girl chats


The media spotlight remains well and truly focussed on the private life of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

It follows the posting of audio tapes and transcripts by a leading news group of conversations it claims took place between Berlusconi and Patrizia D’Addario, an escort who says she and others were paid to attend parties at Berlusconi’s Rome residence. Berlusconi’s lawyer has been on the attack and dismissed the recordings as “ a product of the imagination” and that it was illegal to publish them. Suffice to say the story makes the front pages across Italy. The 73-year-old has not denied the woman visited his home but said he was unaware she was an escort. The latest Berlusconi revelations are the talk the Piazza’s One man said: “ Let him go to his home in Milan and sleep with who he wants. I don’t care, I only care about having a reliable person running the country.” While another claimed: “ In England he would have resigned by now… it just goes to show what this country has become.”

D’Addario, who makes no secret of her profession , has turned the tapes over to prosecutors in Bari as part of an investigation into a local businessman accused of recruiting and paying young women to attend the prime minister’s parties.

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