Berlusconi’s ex to get €1.4m monthly alimony

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.

Berlusconi's ex to get €1.4m monthly alimony
Silvio Berlusconi (R) and his ex-wife Veronica Lario in Rome in 2004. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

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”.

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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