Tarantini didn't blackmail Berlusconi say Rome prosecutors
But Bari prosecutors say he did31 October, 16:19
Dropping the charges, prosecutors said a 500-million-euro payment was a gift after Berlusconi heard Tarantini was in financial trouble.
But prosecutors in Bari are set to ask for Tarantini's indictment on the same charges. Berlusconi, who is appealing a six-year conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute in a separate case, says he never paid anyone for sex.
One of the escorts Tarantini took to Berlusconi's Rome palazzo, Patrizia D'Addario, taped the ex-premier before and after sex.