Seven charged in Berlusconi hooker scandal

Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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BARI, Italy, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Seven people were indicted in Italy Tuesday on charges they set former premier Silvio Berlusconi up with hookers for sex parties.

A judge in Bari issued the indictment and set a Feb. 6 trial date on charges that include the aiding and exploitation of prostitution of 26 women who were hired for parties at Berlusconi's official residence in 2008.

The defendants were accused of supplying the women in exchange for government contracts, Italy's ANSA news agency said.

The defendants included German actress Sabina Began and Gianpaolo Tarantini, a Bari businessman whom Berlusconi also allegedly paid to keep the matter quiet.

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