Daughter 'Astounded' by Berlusconi's Indiscretions

And says pols can't expect much private life

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 4, 2009 1:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – Silvio Berlusconi’s daughter says she was “astounded” by allegations that the Italian premier consorted with model Noemi Letizia before she turned 18, Bloomberg reports. “I never hung out with elderly men,” Barbara Berlusconi, 25 and the mom of two, tells the Italian edition of Vanity Fair. “It’s not something I have an experience with.”

And though her father likes to argue that his sexual shenanigans aren’t the public’s concern, Barbara Berlusconi isn’t buying it. “Our politicians are called upon to govern well … and also to safeguard the values that society expresses and possibly to elevate them. … I don’t think a politician can allow himself to distinguish between his private and public life.”

In this 2008 photo, Silvio Berlusconi's soon-to-be-ex-wife Veronica Lario, right, and her daughter Barbara are seen at a meeting in Milan, Italy.
In this 2008 photo, Silvio Berlusconi's soon-to-be-ex-wife Veronica Lario, right, and her daughter Barbara are seen at a meeting in Milan, Italy.   (AP Photo)
Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, poses at a Milan art gallery, April 15, 2009.
Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, poses at a Milan art gallery, April 15, 2009.   (Getty Images)
Silvio Berlusconi and his daughter Barbara arrive at a 2005 party in Milan.
Silvio Berlusconi and his daughter Barbara arrive at a 2005 party in Milan.   (Getty Images)
Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is seen in a July 22, 2009, file photo.
Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is seen in a July 22, 2009, file photo.   (AP Photo)
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