A prostitute and an aspiring model may be about to testify against Silvio Berlusconi, in the embattled Italian prime minister’s nasty divorce proceedings that continue to drag his already tarnished reputation further through the mud. Veronica Lario, Berlusconi’s wife of 19 years, has won the right to call witnesses, and is reportedly planning to bring Noemi Letizia, the model who sparked the separation when the PM attended her 18th birthday party, and Patrizia D’Addario, a former prostitute who claims Berlusconi paid her for sex in 2008, before a judge.
Berlusconi, who once joked “I am pretty often faithful,” denies ever hiring a prostitute or sleeping with Letizia (she refers to him as “Papi” and claims that he calls her once a week to catch up). The PM is also known to hire attractive young women to attend his parties. He and Lario had previously reached an alimony agreement, but that has since been scrapped, and the divorce will likely become even messier as Berlusconi and Lario fight to prove the other was responsible for ruining their marriage.