Berlusconi Wife Seeks $64M-a-Year Divorce
Veronica vows to 'make things messy' if demands not met
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2009 4:25 AM CST
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and his wife, Veronica, arrive for Pope Benedict XVI's inaugural mass in Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Silvio Berlusconi's string of sex scandals may leave him saddled with one of the most expensive divorce settlements in human history. His estranged wife, Veronica Lario—who announced she was leaving the "ridiculous" Italian leader earlier this year after his bimbo eruptions—is seeking a divorce settlement of $5.3 million a month, Bloomberg reports. That's even more than Princess Diana demanded.

Berlusconi, one of the world's richest men with an estimated wealth of $6.5 billion, has made a counter offer of some $300,000 a month, according to the Italian press. His wife is also believed to be seeking prominent roles for their three children in Berlusconi's business empire. Sources say the former actress has promised to "make things messy" if Berlusconi doesn't agree to the settlement.