We keep meaning to write about Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the enormous sex scandal in which he’s involved but a couple of things always stop us. First of all, we’re over here in the United States and as far as we can tell, Berlusconi’s entire recent adult life is a sex scandal, at least by U.S. standards—so where would we start? Second of all, until just this past week or so, Italians didn’t seem too wrought up over the prime minister cavorting pretty publicly with young women who are not his wife, so why should it bother us? We tend to err on the side of “to have sex is human, and can be divine” as opposed to being scandalized.
But it’s started to look like the latest allegations involving sex with an underage sex worker have gotten the premier into more trouble than even he can manage. Prosecutors in Milan have asked for him to be put on trial immediately charged with sex-related offenses.
Berlusconi accused prosecutors of breaking the law and his chief ally, Umberto Bossi of the Northern League, said the indictment request marked the start of a “total war” between the judiciary and the legislature. A judge is expected to rule early next week on the prosecutors' application. If it is granted, Berlusconi could be put on trial as early as April. If the case goes ahead, it would be his 2,569th court hearing, according to news reports. The evidence in the case includes witness statements and wiretap transcripts suggesting that Berlusconi invited dozens of women, including prostitutes, to his mansion near Milan for dinners that segued into orgies.
Okay, Italy, we may have more sex scandals here in the U.S. than you do. But yours are better.
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