Juicy

Did Berlusconi Pay to Play?

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi just can't catch a break. Forget 18-year-old Noemi Letizia and the photos of topless women at his Sardinian villa. Italian investigators are trying to establish, as the Times of London put it, "whether payments to women to attend 'private residences in Rome and Sardinia' had involved 'induction into prostitution.'" Two brothers are alleged to have paid women to attend parties given by associates, including Berlusconi. A former model and television showgirl from Brazil said that she was paid about $2,700 to attend a Berlusconi party, but got stiffed because she left the party early. The investigation is ongoing.