Scandal

Berlusconi's Escort Tapes

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has stepped in it again: La Repubblica and L’Espresso websites have posted tapes of conversations it says are between Berlusconi and Patrizia D’Addario, an escort who claims she was paid to attend parties at his home. D’Addario claims that she slept with Berlusconi and that he gifted her a tortoise encrusted with precious stones. The news groups claim that “What D’Addario has been saying about the prime minister is true.” In the recordings, D'Addario addresses Berlusconi with the personal, informal "tu" form. Berluscnoi’s spokesman called the posting of the conversations “pathetic.”