Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s vast wealth and media empire has protected him against charges of impropriety or fraud, but there is increasing evidence something was amiss at the lavish parties he held for friends and young ladies on his getaway island. Italian prosecutors investigating a health kickback scandal have interviewed women who claim to have been paid to attend parties at the home of Berlusconi. Patrizia D’Addario, says she has audio and visual evidence about the night she spent at Berlusconi’s residence. The investigation revolves around two brothers, owners of a health company, who received an unusual number of contracts from government sources.
Ms. D’Addario’s main goal was to secure assistance to the health company, not to sleep with anyone. She claims Berlusconi pledged to help her and that he was “a man of his word.” Investigators have tapes in which arranging to pay for women to attend the Berlusconi parties is being discussed.
As someone who will never be a millionaire, let alone a billionaire, it is always confusing why those with vast wealth have to pay anyone to attend their parties. As for the payoffs and contracts, that issue is best left to investigators.