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Berlusconi Said To Be Client of Prostitution Rings

by de Gondi Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:45:53 AM EST

An investigation in Bari broke today after a witness declared she had been paid to attend two evenings at Berlusconi's Rome residence recently. Patrizia D'Addario declares that she has proof of both encounters. She alleges that the first time she arrived at Palazzo Grazioli she found another twenty women in waiting and was not chosen that time to participate. The second party coincided with Barack Obama's election, a limper at the time for Mr. Berlusconi's fortunes.

On the second occasion she alleges having passed the entire night in Mr. Berlusconi's services and was paid € 2000 by the man who organized the encounter. Ms. D'Addario had been hired by a company allegedly involved in attempts at corruption over hospital and building contracts. According to D'Addario, Berlusconi greeted her by associating her with a construction project that her good graces represented.

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The investigation stemmed from a previous investigation into a criminal association with the scope of corruption involving a group of hospitals and constructors in Southern Italy. The present hypothesis is prostitution racketeering. Indiscretions have it that this group is not the only one involved in this activity.

Ms. D'Addario was recently presented as a local political candidate supporting Mr. Berlusconi's party.

Mr. Berlusconi's spokesmen have attacked ex-Council President D'Alema, accusing him of having known about the investigation when he declared that the Democratic Party should be prepared for possible major shake-ups (scosse). D'Alema replied that the accusations were "shameless speculation." He advised Berlusconi to come forth on the case and answer questions rather than behave as he has with the Noemi affair.

Mr. Ghedini, popularly know as the avvocaticchio  (two-bit lawyer) after his successful suit for defamation against the then director of the Corriere della Sera Ferruccio de Bortoli, declared that his client was above blackmail, once again repeating the false allegations that the photographer Zappadu had sought to blackmail Berlusconi. Zappadu declared to authorities that, on the contrary, Berlusconi's entourage had sought to entrap him.

Mr. Ghedini, considered the real Minister of Justice, presently enjoys parliamentary immunity, putting him beyond eventual suits by anyone he defaims. Thanks to his law, known as interposed person as the "Lodo Alfano" (in honour of the formal Minister of "Justice" Angelino Alfano), Mr. Berlusconi is immune from investigation and prosecution so long as he remains in office. Nevertheless, the present charges do not put him in a favourable light.

In the past few days Berlusconi has sought to shove through parliament a law on wiretaps that will have devastating effects on the prosecution of crime as well as on freedom of the press. As I remarked then- and I was not a voice by any means alone- it is no small wonder. Berlusconi is anthropologically incapable of conceptualizing that something exists beyond his base interests- or the tip of his dick. Seeing as the Procura of Bari resorted in part to wiretaps in their investigation, one needn't make much of a mental effort as to how many more investigations throughout Italy must be blocked, so that Mr. Berlusconi- and his two oldest children- may continue to enjoy their vigorous and highly remunerative lifestyles.

Updates and Corrections

Ms. D’Arradio declared she passed the night with Berlusconi on the night of Barack Obama’s election. As for proof of her charges an employee of the Bari procura declared that she is very adept at making video and audio registrations.

As far as strategic media coverage of the affair in Italy, Augusto Minzolini has qualified for a ((Taibbi Horsesperm Pie)) [macro proposed]. According to a video service on line today (How to Hide the News), Minzolini’s banner state coverage came after 5 minutes on prime time news. It began by twice repeating Berlusconi’s attack against the press for publicizing trash without mentioning D’Addario’s charges nor Bari’s investigation into possible prostitution racketeering. Instead the TG1 news attacked D’Alema for having warned that the nation may soon be “shaken-up.” The service then attacked a leading center left candidate, Bersani for his anodyne comments. The service concluded with the outraged declarations of two Berlusconi spokespersons against both D’Alema and Bersani. Throughout the service the audience is left in the dark as to what has effectively happened. Minzolini, who was unilaterally appointed to head national state banner news without consulting the opposition, is admired as a shark for his strong character. Unfortunately he has never ventured out of Berlusconi’s cistern. His articles in /la Stampa/ are outstanding for imaginative grovelling.

The only news program that effectively broadcasted the charges was the RAI third channel, the traditional wildlife oasis for endangered leftists.

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I'm sorry, this is getting too complicated for me. Does anybody know if Tinto Brass is going to make a movie version?

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by martingale on Wed Jun 17th, 2009 at 11:40:47 PM EST
Brass would certainly simplify it. He'd hunker down to the basic bump and grind.

There is a long interview in Corriere della Sera with Patrizia D'Addario published last night.

For once it's Corriere della Sera who got the scope. Ferruccio de Bortoli has just returned to the Corriere after a long stint at Sole24 Ore, the Italian financial daily. De Bortoli had been ousted previously for his stubborness in covering Berlusconi's trials- although de Bortoli has never spoken of it in those terms.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 01:28:40 AM EST
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I got a title for the movie:

"Belle, sporchi e cattivi"

Not sure if it works in Italian but the Portuguese version would be spot on.

by Torres on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 08:32:30 PM EST
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He doesn't seem to have any such plans, but would like to make a movie with the current Minister of Education.
Secondo il regista erotico Tinto Brass il presidente del Consiglio Silvio Berlusconi possiede un immaginario erotico vivace. "Ogni volta che va in Russia, ad esempio, sembra torni tutto ringalluzzito" ha detto Brass nel corso di un'intervista con Mario Adinolfi per la trasmissione quotidiana di Red "Finimondo". Il regista veneziano ha poi affermato: "E' un bene avere un premier che non seppellisce il suo lato erotico nonostante l'età".

Brass farebbe volentieri un film con protagonista il ministro dell'Istruzione Mariastella Gelmini. Secondo il regista, infatti, la Gelmini è la più sexy di tutte le donne sedute in Parlamento. "Più erotica di Mara Carfagna" ha affermato Brass per il quale il merito di tutte queste bellezze è proprio del premier.

But Brass is less enthusiastic about Berlusoni's policies
Italian film makers have attacked the imposition of a 25 per cent duty on profits from films, shows and books that have an "explicit" sexual content as part of the Berlusconi Government's anti-crisis "stimulus package". Dubbed a "porno tax" by the Italian media, it applies to works that contain "images or scenes depicting explicit sexual acts not simulated between consenting adults". Sandro Bondi, the Culture Minister, is to decide what constitutes explicit or pornographic scenes. Tinto Brass, a director of erotic films, said that the tax was "devastating, disastrous. Obviously, they don't want people to have fun."
Does that mean that he can tax all the recent news coverage of his affairs?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 06:16:45 AM EST
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Berlusconi's sex scandals are like getting at Al Capone through his tax evasion.


The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 01:25:58 AM EST
The only difference being that Al Capone did not own all the media and become president of the United States.

With the present wiretap law, we would have seen Elliot Ness calling up Al Capone to ask his permission to be wiretapped. And only after three judges from different jurisdictions granted a thirty day period, renewable only once. However with the Lodo Alfano, Capone could not even have been investigated were he president.

The present case in Bari was discovered thanks to wiretaps. I would not rule out that there are moles within the various procuras- or within the Telecom structures (responsible for wiretap operations) that keep either Alfano, Ghedini and Berlusconi informed of top secret investigations.

The vulnus of the matter is that there is the suspect that Berlusconi exchanges corruption for sex. As one of the richest men in Europe apparently it's a more interesting exchange.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 01:36:58 AM EST
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In addition, regarding the pubnlc opinion effect, right-wing double morals might still prove effective.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:31:03 AM EST
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This story blew open last night. Expect major developments throughout the day. I will try to update this hasty diary, time permitting- and welcome any English language reports that will certainly hit the stands soon.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 01:39:19 AM EST
Timesonline: New Berlusconi inquiry as showgirl says she was paid to attend party

Silvio Berlusconi was embroiled in fresh controversy yesterday as prosecutors opened an inquiry into allegations that showgirls were paid to attend parties at his villa in Sardinia and his residence in Rome.

ANSA, the Italian news agency, confirmed that the prosecutor's office in Bari in southern Italy was seeking to establish whether payments to women to attend "private residences in Rome and Sardinia" had involved "induction into prostitution".

[Murdoch Alert]

by Sassafras on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:14:32 AM EST
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I take it prostitution is illegal in Italy?

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:16:32 AM EST
No.

It is illegal to solicit in public. Maisons are illegal. Prostitution racketeering is illgal- pimps, that sort of stuff.

Prostitutes may run their own business so long as their is no public soliciting.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:25:47 AM EST
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Similar to Spain, then.

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:27:13 AM EST
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Typos all over the place there.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:35:27 AM EST
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How would this, if proven, damage Berlusconi in a legal sense?

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by martingale on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:46:49 AM EST
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Berlusconi is presently above and beyond the law thanks to the Alfano Lodo that grants him immunity while in office.

The Alfano Lodo is pending a judgement before the constitutional court on grounds that it may be unconstitutional.

As is, Berlusconi has every reason to remain in power.

The best solution would be to pass a law that grants him lifetime immunity and impunity on the condition that he retire from politics. That, too, would be unconstitutional but would greatly limit the damages of berlusconismo.

In this specific case there seems to be a case of corruption, an exchange of favors concerning contracts and public bids. It is however just an investigative hypothesis for now.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 04:23:00 AM EST
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An investigation in Bari broke today after a witness declared she had been paid to attend two evenings at Berlusconi's Rome residence recently. Patrizia D'Addario declares that she has proof of both encounters. She alleges that the first time she arrived at Palazzo Grazioli she found another twenty women in waiting and was not chosen that time to participate. The party coincided with Barack Obama's election, a limper at the time for Mr. Berlusconi's fortunes.
De Gondi, you omitted the best part, which is that D'Addario was a candidate for Berlusconi's party in a local election.

Now we know what Noemi meant when she said "Papi" would "take care" or her political career.

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buiter

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:21:03 AM EST
Read on :-)

Ms. D'Addario was recently presented as a local political candidate supporting Mr. Berlusconi's party.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:27:16 AM EST
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LOL - that's my reading comprehension for you.

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:27:50 AM EST
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I alluded to it after without going into detail. She was supposed to be one of Berlusconi's European candidates until Berlusconi's wife made her famous remark about trash being set in the lists. D'Addario was then candidated in a local list- and is still on the list. She now refuses to continue the campaign.

She alleges that Berlusconi did not come through on a promise to facilitate a personal building permit. She also declared that her house was burglurized mysteriously. Although Berlusconi just visited Bari for the election campaign, she was not allowed to follow his entourage. Apparently a series of delusions prompted her decision to out Berlusconi. At the same time, unknown to her, there was an investigation into prostitution racketeering by the procura of Bari stemming from an investigation into corruption practices in hospital contracts and construction.

There is another error that escaped me: D'Addario actually consumed her relation with Berlusconi on Obama's election night. She had not been chosen on a previous occasion in mid-October 2008.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 02:34:39 AM EST
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Apparently a series of delusions prompted her decision to out Berlusconi.

delusions disillusionments.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 06:00:07 AM EST
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Thanks.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 06:30:38 AM EST
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well, if you like corrections, she 'consummated', not 'consumed'

Magari

forgot the 'mate'

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 10:45:52 AM EST
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It's great to have editors! Thanks.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 10:55:58 AM EST
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Who would you get to play Berlu?  And thank you Italy!  The US looked like a collection of idiots for having W as a leader for 8 years but Berlu is much more entertaining.  We're off the hook, except for all the killing that is.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 05:43:12 AM EST
De Niro
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 05:51:24 AM EST
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LOL! His post-Raging-Bull grin does fit, though...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 06:01:54 AM EST
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The Berlusconi saga makes the Godfather look like Mr. Greenjeans.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 06:33:08 AM EST
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The Godfather Part III was about the Banco Ambrosiano. I'm sure they could have a Godfather sequel around Naomigate... Or the bribe to David Mills... or...

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 06:34:26 AM EST
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I just got the Coppola restoration Godfather DVD. It is really good - the photography has been restored and it now looks as it did when it was cinema released in 1972. (Unlike all the video copies that have been circulating since)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jun 20th, 2009 at 04:44:45 AM EST
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Danny DeVito is a much better visual match. Plus, it's casting against the type, in part.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 06:34:23 AM EST
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I would cast Dan Hedaya (IMDB page)

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 06:38:17 AM EST
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How about Chuckles the Clown?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 09:28:56 AM EST
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LOL squared...

de niro would make it the role of his career.

he'd be the one to really enjoy getting into the character, though danny de vito is closer physically.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jun 18th, 2009 at 10:49:45 AM EST
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