London: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is mortified after a new video emerged showing miniskirted women being ushered into one of his properties.
Already reeling from revelations that he had entertained Karimael Mahroug, a 17-year-old Moroccan belly dancer before intervening to free her when she was arrested on suspicion of theft, the Prime Minister was accused of hosting a Cuban model and a Romanian reality TV star at his mansion near Milan.
The Oggi gossip magazine posted video footage, shot in July, of the celebrity agent Lele Mora allegedly helping the women into a car with tinted windows at his Milan office before driving them into the grounds of Berlusconi`s property without stopping at a police checkpoint at the gate.
Mora is already being investigated on suspicion of aiding and abetting prostitution.
Opposition politicians argued that Berlusconi was making himself an easy blackmail target.
"There is a certain ease with which women who admit to being involved in prostitution gain access to the Prime Minister`s residence," Guardian quoted Luigi de Magistris, of the Italy of Values party, as saying.
"It is clear that this makes Berlusconi a potential blackmail victim, and that puts national security at risk," de Magistris added.