Berlusconi caught on video?

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has continued to deny allegations that young women were paid to attend his parties, and, er, cavort with him. Now, though, he’s apparently been caught on video: Patrizia D’Addario, a former model and escort girl, said that she had given prosecutors audio tapes but also had secretly recorded video footage ...

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has continued to deny allegations that young women were paid to attend his parties, and, er, cavort with him. Now, though, he's apparently been caught on video:

Patrizia D’Addario, a former model and escort girl, said that she had given prosecutors audio tapes but also had secretly recorded video footage of her encounters in the Prime Minister’s Rome residence.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has continued to deny allegations that young women were paid to attend his parties, and, er, cavort with him. Now, though, he’s apparently been caught on video:

Patrizia D’Addario, a former model and escort girl, said that she had given prosecutors audio tapes but also had secretly recorded video footage of her encounters in the Prime Minister’s Rome residence.

Ms D’Addario, 42, who was yesterday described by a senior government figure as a high-class prostitute, said that the footage showed her standing in front of a mirror. A bedroom with a framed photograph of Veronica Lario, Mr Berlusconi’s estranged wife, was in view. She said she had made the recordings “so that nobody could deny I had been there”[…]

Police said they were checking Ms D’Addario’s footage to ensure that the rooms shown were in the Prime Minister’s Palazzo Grazioli and that the voice on her tapes was Mr Berlusconi’s.

Three other women who claim that they were paid to attend Mr Berlusconi’s parties have also been interviewed by prosecutors. Mr Berlusconi, 72, who is not himself under investigation, has dismissed the allegations as falsehoods. He is said to have told aides that he does not remember Ms D’Addario.

Of course he doesn’t remember her. Doesn’t that face just ooze honesty? Then again, a day earlier, his lawyer even told the Corriere della Sierra, “It’s seems a bit over the top to think that Berlusconi needs to pay…I think he could have them in large numbers for free.” 

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James Downie is an editorial researcher at FP.
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