Italian Paper Releases 'Tapes' of Berlusconi Escort Tryst

Man instructs woman to wait 'in Putin's bed'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2009 4:16 PM CDT
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi reacts as he delivers his address during the Economic and Financial forum for the Mediterranean, in Milan today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Silvio Berlusconi’s prostitution scandal flared anew today as Italian newspaper L’Espresso released audio recordings made by the woman who claims she was paid to attend a party with the Italian PM, the BBC reports. On the recordings, a voice said to be Berlusconi’s says: “I’m going to have a shower too, so wait for me in the big bed if you finish first.” “Which big bed?” a woman asks. “Putin’s?”

“Putin’s,” the man responds, allegedly referring to a bed where Vladimir Putin had recently spent the night. “Oh, how sweet,” the woman, supposedly Patrizia D’Addario, says. “The one with the curtains.” A Berlusconi spokesman slammed L’Espresso as trying to revive an “already dead” scandal.