Berlusconi Hooker Probe to Quiz 30 Women
Italian PM allegedly told woman to 'wait for me in the big bed'
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2009 5:19 AM CDT
Model Noemi Letizia, 18, followed by her mother, Anna Palumbo, is escorted by police as she arrives to vote at a polling station in Naples, southern Italy, earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Franco Castano)
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(Newser) – Italian prosecutors are preparing to question up to 30 women, including eastern European models, as part of a probe into the alleged procurement of prostitutes for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The sex scandal widened yesterday when a photo emerged of two young women in short dresses posing in what appears to be Belusconi's private home. One of the women photographed said Berlusconi instructed another girl to "go and wait for me in the big bed."

The photographs were taken by Barbara Montereale, 23, who also claims to have audio and video recordings of one of Berlusconi's parties. She handed over the photos to La Repubblica, a center-left newspaper not part of Berlusconi's media empire. Police are investigating a young business acquaintance of Berlusconi on suspicion of abetting prostitution. The prime minister has denied any criminal activity.