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Italian Courts Turn To Silvio Berlusconi's Less Sexy Crimes

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Much like when he gave that underage stripper that he was sleeping with €45K, there was absolutely nothing untoward about the great man's totally legitimate €1 million gift to a senator in exchange for political support. Do not dare call it a bribe. As for the other €2 million, well, Silvio is 77 years old, and does not recall giving quite that much to Sen. De Gregorio, in spite of what the Sicilian says.

Naples prosecutors allege that Mr. Berlusconi—who was in the opposition at the time—paid €3 million ($4.1 million) to then-senator Sergio De Gregorio, whose small party was supporting the center-left government at the time, led by Romano Prodi….

Mr. Berlusconi denies the charges of corruption, but admits having paid €1 million to Mr. De Gregorio's party in 2007. He said that the sum was a political contribution given in exchange for Mr. De Gregorio's support. Mr. Berlusconi maintains that this payment was legal.

Prosecutors allege that Mr. Berlusconi paid another €2 million as a bribe to convince Mr. De Gregorio to withdraw his support from Mr. Prodi's government. This was allegedly given to Mr. De Gregorio in cash by an associate, Valter Lavitola, prosecutors say.

Mr. Berlusconi denies having paid the €2 million. He and Mr. Lavitola will stand trial together.

Berlusconi Ordered to Stand Trial on Bribery Charges [WSJ]


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Should you ever find yourself in a situation in which knowledge pertaining to the arousal triggers of the former Italian prime minister would come in handy, whether it's bar trivia night or one of his bunga bunga parties, try and remember that Silvio likes prostitutes dressed as: 1. Nuns 2. Communists 3. President Obama One of the young women who attended Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties told a court on Friday that she dressed up as a burlesque version of U.S. President Barack Obama to entertain the former Italian prime minister. In testimony during a trial against the 75-year-old Berlusconi on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute, Marysthell Polanco said she had also dressed as prosecutor Ilda Boccassini. Boccassini, known as "Ilda the Red" because of her hair color and what Berlusconi says is her communist political sympathies, is one of the prosecutors in the ongoing trial. "I dressed up as Boccassini with a toga to make him laugh, and also as Obama," Polanco told the court...Previous witnesses who attended his parties painted a more sordid picture, including nudity, mimicked sex, and one described two women wearing nasty versions of nuns' habits performing a raunchy pole dance. Hope this helps. Berlusconi party girl says masqueraded as Obama [Reuters Earlier: Former Italian Prime Minister Loved A Good Costume Party