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Berlusconi prostitution scandal

2011-01-24

Queen’s University political studies professor Grant Amyot is available to talk about today’s announcement that Italian prosecutors are investigating Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s alleged affair with an underage prostitute.

“Berlusconi’s party is rallying around him for the moment, but over the longer term this incident could contribute to his downfall. The immediate reaction leads me to conclude that it won’t push him out the door right now, but the events in this case could move fast, and it seems likely that prosecutors will proceed with their interrogation of Berlusconi on January 21, 22, or 23. Berlusconi is known to have exercised pressure on police to release the minor involved—an action that actually carries a longer sentence than the crime of paying for sex with a minor,” says Dr. Amyot, who specializes in Italian politics and is the editor and co-author of the book The End of the Berlusconi Era?

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