Berlusconi's Wife: He's Ridiculous

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2009 7:44 AM CDT
Veronica Lario in Milan.   (AP Photo/Stefano Meluni, Lapresse)
camera-icon View 1 more image

(Newser) – Already ridiculed for sex scandals, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi now has to hear it from his estranged wife in a new book, reports the Guardian. Berlusconi is a "ridiculous figure before the world," said Veronica Lario, who filed for divorce in April.

The relationship's breaking point occurred when Berlusconi used an out-of-town sanitation meeting as a pretense to attend the 18th birthday party of aspiring actress Noemi Letizia, said Lario, 53, in the book Tendenza Veronica by Maria Latella. "Ten years ago I was not ready; today I can say with my head high, 'I am separating from this man.'"