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Berlusconi Found Guilty, Gets 7 Years in Sex Case

Former Italian prime minister also barred from running for office

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi's alleged sexcapades earned him a seven-year prison romp today, as a Milan court found him guilty of paying an underage prostitutenamely Karima El Mahroug, aka Ruby the Heartstealer for sex at one of his infamous "bunga bunga" parties . The court also found the former... More »

Berlusconi Gets 1 Year in Wiretap Case

But prison sentence won't start immediately

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to a year in prison today in his wiretapping case, but don't look for him to be wearing stripes anytime soon, Reuters reports. He can appeal the decision, and a jail term won't start until all possible appeals are exhausted, ANSA explains. This sentence... More »

Berlusconi Sex, Fraud Trials Halted So He Can Run Again

Financial Times says another Berlusconi govt would be 'disaster'

(Newser) - Italian judges may be mostly " feminist, communist " types, but they were nice enough to Silvio Berlusconi to postpone his underage sex trial , as well as tax fraud trial and other legal issues, until after elections at the end of the month, reports Reuters . The Milan judges agreed that... More »

Berlusconi Had 'Stripper Nuns' at Parties: Witness

Model testifies that she was paid to attend bunga bunga party

(Newser) - Just when you thought you'd heard it all, this comes out of the Silvio Berlusconi trial : A witness, a model who says Berlusconi paid her $2,614 to attend one of his infamous bunga bunga parties, says she saw strippers dressed as nuns performing for the former Italian prime... More »

George Clooney Named as Berlusconi Witness

Star says he wasn't at Italian PM's 'bunga bunga' party

(Newser) - Coming soon to an Italian courtroom: The Berlusconi Bunga Bunga Trial, starring George Clooney, Silvio Berlusconi, a former belly dancer, and dozens of starlets and showgirls. Clooney is among the 214 defense witnesses to be called at the former Italian prime minister's trial on charges that he paid an... More »

Berlusconi Brags of 8 Women in a Night

And complains he did not have energy for 3 more women waiting for him

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi, who should probably be worried about rescuing Italy from financial ruin, has been caught boasting on tape of having sex with eight women in one night—and lamenting that he did not have the energy to get around to three more who were waiting for him, reports... More »

Next Up: Italy's Cratering Economy

Spreads on 10-year bonds between Germany, Italy hit 14-year high

(Newser) - With the US debt ceiling crisis finally sort of resolved, the markets are turning their attentions to Europe, and they don't like what they see, reports Reuters . Italy is being hit especially hard, with the yield gap between Italian and relatively stable German 10-year bonds reaching 3.7 percentage... More »

Berlusconi Moves Bunga Bunga Parties to New Estate

It's just his VIP guest house, insist Italian PM's lawyers

(Newser) - With Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi facing trial for allegedly having sex with an underage prostitute , he took the only reasonable action—he moved his infamous "bunga bunga" sex parties to a new location. Leaked wiretaps reveal that Berlusconi has continued with the raunchy, sex-filled bashes, but moved them... More »

Berlusconi: I Probably Won't Seek New Term

Italian prime minister says he doesn't want 'operative role' after 2013

(Newser) - Looks like the latest scandal was finally enough to do Silvio Berlusconi in: The Italian prime minister acknowledged that he will probably not hold public office after his term ends in 2013. "If I'm needed as the noble father for the elections, I'll do it. I could be the... More »

Berlusconi Sex Trial Adjourned After 7 Minutes

Trial will resume May 31

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi didn't show up today for the start of his sex trial—whose opening session ended up being all of seven minutes long. The hearing was devoted to formalities, and the trial was adjourned to May 31. Some 100 police patrolled the courthouse, which was surrounded by TV crews... More »

Photos Bared From Berlusconi Sex Parties

Prosecutors probing Italian PM seize 'bunga bunga' pics

(Newser) - Photos from Silvio Berlusconi's raunchy "bunga bunga" sex parties have emerged from prosecutors' 20,000-page dossier on the Italian prime minister. The racy photos were seized from the computers and cell phones of people who attended the notorious parties at Berlusconi's home near Milan, the Telegraph reports. Published photos... More »

Berlusconi Sought Naomi's Number

Gordon Brown's wife recounts PM's antics at state dinner

(Newser) - As if things weren't bad enough for Silvio Berlusconi, now he's got the wife of a former world leader gossiping about him: Sarah Brown, missus to former British PM Gordon Brown, has a new book out in which she recounts the randy Italian chasing around after model Naomi Campbell's phone... More »

Berlusconi Is Screwed: Guess Who His Judges Are?

Three women!

(Newser) - In an act of totally unplanned divine providence, Silvio Berlusconi's trial will be heard by three judges who were assigned to him randomly via a computer system—and all three just so happen to be women. The fairer sex's opinion of their PM is pretty crystal clear, notes Daily Intel:... More »

Berlusconi Indicted in Teen Sex Scandal

Prime Minister: I just make females feel 'special'

(Newser) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to court to stand trial on charges he paid for sex with an underage girl, then abused his authority in an attempted cover up. A judge handed down an indictment today, and trial is set to begin in early April, reports MSNBC... More »

Berlusconi: Call for Trial 'Disgusting,' 'a Disgrace'

He says he'll attempt to sue the state

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi is not happy with the prosecutors calling for him to go on trial, the Guardian reports. "It's a disgrace. It's disgusting," the Italian prime minster said at a press conference today. "I'm sorry that we have offended the dignity of, and thrown mud at, the... More »

Prosecutors Call for Berlusconi Sex Trial

Judge asked to grant fast-track trial

(Newser) - Italian prosecutors have filed a request for Premier Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial for alleged abuse of power and sex with an underage prostitute . Authorities are seeking an immediate trial. A judge now has five days to decide whether to indict the 74-year-old leader or dismiss the request, allowing investigations... More »

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