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Berlusconi blames 'feminist' judges for massive alimony

Ex-premier ordered to pay 36 million euros a year

09 January, 10:58
Berlusconi blames 'feminist' judges for massive alimony (ANSA) - Rome, January 9 - Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has blasted the three women judges who ordered him to pay his ex-wife Veronica Lario 36 million euros a year in alimony as feminists and communists.

In 2009 Lario filed for divorce from the 76-year-old media magnate, who has been at the centre of a series of sex scandals and is on trial in Milan for allegedly paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

"The figure was decided on by three feminist and communist judges," Berlusconi told La7 television. "It's something that is unreal - 36 million euros with back payments of 76 million euros. These are the Milan judges who have been persecuting me since 1994". Three-time premier Berlusconi, who is leading a centre-right coalition at next month's elections, has repeatedly said a long series of court cases presented against him were the result of a campaign by politically motivated magistrates. He is appealing against four-year prison sentence he received in October in relation to tax fraud in the trading of film rights for TV broadcasts by his Mediaset media empire. Berlusconi added that he was hopeful of negotiating the alimony, saying his relations with Lario were "very civil".