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
Daughter 'Astounded' by Berlusconi's Indiscretions
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)

(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.” (Read more Silvio Berlusconi stories.)

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