Mafia may be behind Berlusconi's sex scandal, claims coalition partner

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London, Sept 12 (ANI): Responding to the sex scandal engulfing Silvio Berlusconi, Umberto Bossi, the key coalition partner in the Italian PM's government, said he believed Mafia had orchestrated all the dirty activities.

"I think everything has been put in place by the Mafia," Bossi, the leader of the Northern League, said as he arrived at an event in Pian del Re in the north of the country.

He added: "We have introduced very tough laws against the Mafia.

"I already said to Berlusconi, 'Look out because the Mafia is involved in that; the Mafia organises prostitution'. I am convinced that the Mafia organised this thing here."

On Thursday, for the first time, Berlusconi admitted that Giampaolo Tarantini, a businessman, had brought "beautiful women" to his parties but denied that he had ever paid for sex, reports The Times.

In May, Berlusconi's estranged wife, Veronica Lario, had announced that she wanted a divorce from the premier after accusing him of being "not well" and obsessed with young women.

She was apparently furious over his attendance at the 18th birthday party of an aspiring lingerie model, Noemi Letizia.

Later an escort, Patrizia D'Addario, claimed that she and another prostitute had sexual intercourse with the prime minister at his official residence in Rome following a private party. (ANI)

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