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Berlusconi Italy's Swordsman In Chief

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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MONSIGNOR GRABASS Berlusconi

Scalpel-enhanced Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi isn't exactly a stranger to philandering—he was prowling for tail when he met his current wife, actress and former topless model Veronica Lario, at a party in the late '80s. He was married with two children at the time. But now, he's focusing his playboy wiles elsewhere, prompting an outraged Lario to pen a front page piece in the opposition paper La Repubblica demanding a public apology from the horny 70-year-old potentate. She's outraged over comments Berlusconi made at a TV awards dinner, where he reportedly told a woman, "If I wasn't already married I would marry you right away," and, "With you I'd go anywhere."

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It's not the first time Veronica Lario has spoken out about her husband's indiscretions. When reports about the prime minister's considerable expenditures at a florist's shop prompted speculation of a mistress, Lario seemed to confirm the rumor, asserting that she had received no flowers from her husband.

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