Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has had his share of scandals. In February 2011, the 76-year-old politician made headlines when he was charged for both soliciting paid sex with a minor, and then for trying to use his political influence to cover up the scandal. Although he denied the allegations, it comes as little surprise that he has a thing for younger women—his first wife reportedly left him in 2009 because he was associating with teenage girls. The separation costs him $4 million a month in alimony.
Even that didn’t seem to deter Berlusconi much, because his latest girlfriend, Francesca Pascale, is only 27. After only a few months of dating, the pair announced their engagement in December 2012. However, several media reports speculate that the only reason he settled down with her was to help repair his tarnished reputation.
If that’s the case, Berlusconi is going to have to try a little harder, because he’s in hot water yet again after being accused of bribing a former Italian senator with three million euros to switch political parties. This news comes less than 24 hours after Berlusconi’s tax fraud conviction was upheld, sentencing him to four years in prison. There’s no word if Pascale will be sticking by him through this trial, however.