Berlusconi has no plans to reconcile with wife

Mon May 4, 2009 5:49am EDT
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By Deepa Babington

ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has no plans to seek a reconciliation with his wife and has demanded an apology from the former actress for comments she made.

His wife Veronica said over the weekend she planned to file for divorce, days after publicly criticizing Berlusconi's selection of pretty young women to run in European elections.

La Stampa newspaper quoted the premier Monday as saying he had ordered his lawyers to take care of the situation and that Veronica's comments might even warrant a lawsuit.

"To tell the truth, there may even be conditions to sue for defamation, but it's best to leave that alone," he said.

Lamenting to the Corriere della Sera daily that his wife had "fallen into a media trap," Berlusconi said salvaging his marriage of 19 years appeared unlikely now.

"I don't think so, I don't know if I want it this time. Veronica should publicly apologize to me," Berlusconi said.

"And I don't know if that will be enough. It's the third time that she has pulled off a trick like this during an election campaign. It really is too much."

Berlusconi said he did not believe the media frenzy surrounding his private life would have an impact on his approval ratings or the European elections in June.   Continued...

<p>Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his wife Veronica Lario (L) pose at Villa Madama in Rome in a June 4, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files</p>