Berlusconi cleared in sex case
MILAN (AP) — An Italian appeals court today acquitted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a sex-for-hire case, reversing a lower court conviction that had carried a seven-year prison sentence and a lifetime ban on holding political office.
The case revealed details of raunchy, sex-fueled bunga-bunga parties at his private villa attended by a bevy of aspiring showgirls.
The prosecution had alleged that Berlusconi had paid for sex with an underage prostitute and then used his influence to cover it up. He denied the charges.
Acquittal came just as Berlusconi was leaving a facility for Alzheimer’s patients, where he is performing a sentence of community service in a separate tax fraud conviction.