Berlusconi's ex to get €1.4m monthly alimony

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Silvio Berlusconi (R) and his ex-wife Veronica Lario in Rome in 2004. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
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Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to pay his ex-wife €1.4 million ($1.5 million) in alimony as part of a divorce settlement, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

Veronica Lario, 58, was married to the billionaire media magnate and politician for nearly 25 years before officially divorcing him in 2014.

She was initially awarded an allowance of €3 million per month but Berlusconi, 78, appealed the amount.

On Tuesday, a court in Monza near Milan confirmed he would only have to pay her half, or 1.4 million euros.

The two separated in 2009 after Berlusconi was embroiled in a scandal following his participation in the birthday party of 18-year-old Noemi Letizia.

At the time of the separation, Lario told the press that she "could not stay with a man who associates with minors".

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In 2011, the former prime minister was also accused of paying underage exotic dancer Karima El-Mahroug -- known as "Ruby the Heart Stealer" -- for sex during erotic "bunga bunga" parties at his Milan villa.

After being convicted in 2013, Berlusconi was cleared of all charges earlier this year.

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