Berlusconi's girlfriend, 28, tells press she wants to marry him
By Steve Scherer
ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's 28-year-old girlfriend, Francesca Pascale, wants to marry the four-times Italian prime minister, who she says first caught her eye when she was a teenager, according to a magazine interview published on Tuesday.
Berlusconi, who turns 77 on Sunday, is divorcing his second wife Veronica Lario, whom he married in 1990. The couple had three children together.
Lario filed for divorce in 2009, accusing Berlusconi of having an affair with a 17-year-old girl, which he denied. He is disputing a settlement with Lario that would cost him about 100,000 euros ($135,000) per day if confirmed by a court.
"I was a minor when I set my sights on him," Pascale said, according to an excerpt of the interview published on Vanity Fair's Web site. The full interview will be released on Wednesday in the magazine which features the couple on its cover. (link.reuters.com/cuc43v)
"I sought him out, I courted him, I made him fall in love and then I became his girlfriend. I practically did and do everything: All he has to do is say 'yes'."
Pascale, who grew up near the southern city of Naples, said she met Berlusconi when she was 21. She had co-founded a club called "Silvio We Miss You" after he lost the prime minister's office to Romano Prodi in 2006.
"I immediately asked him if I could give him my phone number and I asked for his," she said. "He told me: 'You're unscrupulous'."
The media magnate is appealing against a June conviction for abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor - nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug, better known under her stage name "Ruby the Heartstealer". Continued...