Is he guilty? Silvio Berlusconi is under pressure to resign as prime minister of Italy following an investigation into allegations that he paid young girls – Italian, Moroccan, Brazilian and Dominican girls – for sex. This is a charge that was first leveled against Berlusconi by wife Veronica Lario in divorce papers she filed in Milan in 2009. Mr. Berlusconi continues to deny these charges even though the pressure is alleged to be mounting from all sides – including his own party and friends – for him to resign as prime minister of Italy. So this is serious stuff. Yahoo News:
ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced more pressure to resign on Thursday after magistrates issued new documents with fresh details of erotic parties, some with under-age girls, and of his gifts to participants.
The center-left opposition said the new documents made his position “untenable” and said he should resign willingly or that his conservative allies should put pressure on him to step aside for the good of the country.
The 227 pages of new documents were sent by Milan magistrates to parliament on Wednesday night and chunks were leaked to Italian media, which published excerpts on Thursday.
They say a second woman who attended the parties was under age at the time, in addition to a Moroccan dancer at the center of the inquiry, who was 17 when some of the parties were held.
They also show that a key Berlusconi associate who is being investigated on suspicion of procuring prostitutes is privately turning against him and made disparaging remarks about his physique and…[more]
One has to wonder how his wife (they are not yet divorced) feels about these developments? Does she, too, think he should resign? Certainly, it’s one thing to cavort with prostitutes; but to do it with under-aged ones at that? Now we are in the province of statutory rape here, aren’t we? It just upped the ante if, in fact, these women were under the legal age for sexual consent. Is this guy nuts?