Italian prime minister says model lied

June 24, 2009 at 11:10 AM
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ROME, June 24 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says a model was paid to spread false accusations that he had prostitutes attend parties at his homes.

In an interview with the Italian magazine Chi, Berlusconi denied ever paying for sex, the BBC reported Wednesday.

"I never understood where the satisfaction is when you're missing the pleasure of conquest," Chi quoted the Italian president as saying.

The model, Patrizia D'Addario, said last week that she and other women had been paid more than $1,000 to attend a party at Berlusconi's Rome home with other women, the magazine reported.

D'Addario also said last week she had secretly videotaped trysts with Berlusconi, The Independent reported.

Berlusconi said D'Addario had been paid "extremely well" to make false accusations against him, the BBC reported.

D'Addario denied the allegation.

Berlusconi's wife of 19 years, Veronica Lario, filed for divorce in May, accusing him of "improper relations" with a young woman. She also criticized him for attending the 18th birthday party of a TV actress and model, the BBC said.

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