Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi's ex files documents ahead of alimony hearing

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Rome, April 10 - Veronica Lario, the ex-wife of
former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, filed documents at a
Milan appeals court on Wednesday ahead of an upcoming hearing
into her ex-husband's request for the suspension of 36 million
euros a year in alimony she was awarded.
Lario left Berlusconi after he attended the 18th birthday
party of an aspiring starlet and friend in Naples in 2009,
accusing him of consorting with minors.
Last Christmas a Milan court ended a three-year legal tussle
between the separated couple, who had been together for 30 years
and have three children together.
According to the sentence, the media magnate and
centre-right politician, 76, will give 56-year-old Lario three
million euros a month or 36 million a year but will keep sole
possession of his luxury villa outside Milan and his vast
business empire will be unaffected.
Berlusconi slammed the "non-consensual" sentence on January
24, saying it was "unexpected" and "detached from reality".
He said he would dispense with his lawyers and talk to Lario
about it.
On January 9 a Milan court rejected Berlusconi's claim of
bias on the part of the three-woman panel that decided on the
figure.
The ex-premier, who is currently on trial for paying for sex
with an underage prostitute and has had a string of scandals
involving escorts and a stable of aspiring starlets, called the
judges "feminists and Communists".
The couple's marital ups and downs have been well publicized
over the years.
A media firestorm lit up in 2007 when Lario demanded a
public apology from her "flirtatious" husband in a public letter
to the editor of the La Repubblica daily, which published the
contents on the front page.
"I am asking for a public apology, given that I haven't
received a private one," she wrote in the letter.
The pair made up after Berlusconi said sorry and presented
her with an expensive birthday present, disguised as a dancing
sheikh.
When Lario filed for divorce after Berlusconi's appearance
at Neapolitan teen Noemi Letizia's birthday party, the
ex-premier told the gossip magazine Chi that he regretted the
end of his "love story".
Born Miriam Raffaela Bartolini, former actress Lario was
Berlusconi's second wife.
Berlusconi was smitten after seeing her perform topless in
a Milan play about a philandering husband called The Magnificent
Cuckold in 1980.
Lario's had a bloody cameo in Italian horror master Dario
Argento's 1982 film 'Tenebre' (Shadows).
She played a woman who had her hand chopped off and yelled
for a few seconds as her wound bled.
The snippet was cut when the film aired on a
Berlusconi-owned TV channel in 2004.
Lario and Berlusconi married in 1990 after the media tycoon
left his first wife, with whom he has two children, both
executives in his media empire.
Berlusconi announced in mid-December that he intends to wed
for the third time.
He is engaged to Naples-born Francesca Pascale, almost 50
years his junior. She accompanied him on the first part of his
recent election campaign where a barnstorming comeback took his
alliance within a whisker of taking first place from the centre
left.

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