Italian PM meets estranged wife `to work out a divorce deal`

Last Updated: Monday, February 1, 2010 - 13:20

London: Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has met his estranged wife face-to-face for the first time in nine months, as their lawyers reportedly exchanged details of alleged infidelities to work out a divorce deal.
The 73-year-old Italian PM and 53-year-old Veronica Lario spent some 20 minutes in the same room in the office of the police chief of Milan during the five-hour bitter divorce talks between their lawyers, which included infidelity claims, according to local media reports.

"The meeting in front of the judge took place and divorce is now inevitable," leading British newspaper `The Daily Telegraph` quoted a spokesman for Lario as saying in the Italian media.

Lario has been demanding a divorce and a GBP 3 million every month in maintenance from her husband of nearly 19 years, over his relationships with showgirls and "escorts".

She has claimed that she could no longer be with a man who "associates with minors", a reference to her husband`s friendship with a teenage model whose 18th birthday party he had attended last year.

Lario announced she was leaving her husband last April after details emerged of his friendship with Naomi Letizia and the lavish birthday presents he gave her.

However, a pro-Berlusconi daily claimed that Lario had been conducting an affair with her bodyguard. Neither of them commented on the allegation but friends of the bodyguard have insisted there`s no truth in the story, the reports said.

While Lario`s lawyer highlighted the allegations of the escort Patrizia D`Addario who last year claimed she was paid to spend the night with the Prime Minister in 2008. But, Berlusconi denies ever paying for sexual relations.

Berlusconi`s lawyer said the Premier was only prepared to offer EUR 200,000 a month. The next hearing is scheduled for next month.


First Published: Monday, February 1, 2010 - 13:20

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