Former Copperfield Assistant Center of Italian Scandal

Patrizia D’AddarioSilvio Berlusconi, Italy’s Prime Minister, is under attack for allegedly maintaining a “harem.”

Mr. Berlusconi is a billionaire, runs most of the Italian media and is married.

According to news reports this morning,  the Prime Minister engaged in extra-marital relations with former assistant to illusionist David Copperfield, Patrizia D’Addario.

Ms. D’Addario was paid to attend an elegant dinner party at the leader’s home.  He apparently offered fine food, gifts, and requested she stay after other guest left.

Normally, this would be a he said – she said situation.  Ms. D’Addario, however, taped their conversation.  The tape seems to prove up her claim and paint the Prime Minister in a tawdry light.

At breakfast the following morning, Berlusconi presented her with a “multicoloured tortoise encrusted with precious stones, declaring:  ‘The tortoise is a special gift I give only to you.'”

When reports of Mr. Berlusconi’s alleged infidelity first surfaced, he dismissed them generally.  After Ms. D’Addario’s claims were made public, he  called them “trash and falsehood.”

“I will not be swayed by these attacks and will continue to work for the good of the country,” he said.

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