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Berlusconi urged to attend sex addiction clinic

world Updated: Aug 23, 2009 15:20 IST

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is entangled in sex scandals over his alleged encounters with young women, has been urged to seek treatment at a clinic for sex addiction, says a new book.

According to The Veronica Trend, a biography of 72- year-old Berlusconi's wife Veronica Lario, who has demanded a divorce, a few members of the Italian Premier's inner circle are calling for the couple to separate formally.

And, then for Lario to "return to her husband's side to help him find himself again... Also with a stay in one of those clinics specialising in curing sexdependence", author Maria Latella wrote.

"This scenario hasn't been completely ruled out, and much will depend on how much the press - above all overseas - will continue to be fascinated by Berlusconi's private life," the author said.

However, Latella has not specified whether those backing the idea include Lario or any of Berlusconi's three children: Barbara, Eleonora and Luigi, leading newspaper The Sunday Times reported.