Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Berlusconi loses fight to get estranged wife's alimony cut

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Milan, April 25 - Former Italian premier Silvio
Berlusconi has lost his fight against a sentence that forces him
to pay his estranged wife Veronica Lario three milion euros a
month a year in alimony.
Milan judges turned down an appeal against what Berlusconi
called an "unreal" verdict from "feminist and Communist judges".
The three-time premier has one appeal left, to the high
court.
The appeals judges retrospectively exempted Berlusconi from
paying Lario for five months in 2012 when she was still living
at his villa.
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.
At 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 36
million euros a year but will keep sole possession of his luxury
villa outside Milan and his vast business empire will not be
touched.
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 directly
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, claimed the
judges were biased against him because of their political ideas.
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, disguising himself 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.

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