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Berlusconi ordered to pay nearly $4 million in divorce settlement

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, December 28, 2012 9:28 EDT
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Silvio Berlusconi and his then wife Veronica Lario in Rome in 2004. (AFP)
 
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An Italian court has ordered Silvio Berlusconi to pay his second wife three million euros ($3.95 million) a month alimony as part of a legal separation settlement opening the way for their divorce, media reports said Friday.

Veronica Lario filed for divorce in 2009 after revelations that Berlusconi, notorious for his dalliances with other women, had attended the 18th birthday party of an aspiring blond model who called him “Daddy.”

She described Berlusconi as “a dragon to whom young virgins offer themselves,” accused him of being “unwell” and said she could not stay with a man “who frequents minors.”

Under Italian law, married couples have to wait at least three years to divorce once a legal separation settlement has been established.

Lario, 56, had three children with Italy’s former prime minister.

While the former actress — who first met Berlusconi in a theatre dressing room in 1980 — will net 100,000 euros a day in alimony, the court ruled that the estate should go to the media magnate.

The 76-year-old is currently dating a television starlet nearly 50 years younger than him.

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