In Apology, Assailant Calls Berlusconi Attack 'Cowardly'
Massimo Tartaglia has been in psychological treatment 10 years
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2009 6:52 PM CST
Massimo Tartaglia, 42, whom Italian police said was suspected of attacking Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, is seen at yesterday's rally.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The man who bashed Silvio Berlusconi yesterday in the face with a souvenir statue has apologized via letter, calling the attack “superficial, cowardly and impetuous.” Italian news agency ANSA reports that Massimo Tartaglia, 42, has been treated for psychological problems for the past decade, and told police he acted alone after becoming angry upon seeing the Italian premier at a rally in Milan.