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Prostitute in Berlusconi scandal writes book

The prostitute at the center of Premier Silvio Berlusconi's sex scandal has written a book, saying she feels betrayed by him and has been frightened by threats, including the ransacking of her home.

world Updated: Nov 25, 2009 12:54 IST

The prostitute at the center of Premier Silvio Berlusconi's sex scandal has written a book, saying she feels betrayed by him and has been frightened by threats, including the ransacking of her home.

Patrizia D'Addario, whose memoir went on sale on Tuesday in Italy, claims she has suffered "strange" threats since she revealed earlier this year that she had tape-recorded her purported bedroom encounter with Berlusconi.

In "Gradisca, Presidente," (At Your Pleasure, Premier), D'Addario elaborates on her earlier accounts of the night she spent with Berlusconi in his Rome residence. The conservative leader has said he has never paid for sex and is the victim of someone seeking to create a scandal.

D'Addario says she gave Berlusconi her body hoping he would help her open a countryside inn in southern Italy, where she was raised, but claims she got "nothing" from him. In the book she documents how her efforts to open the hotel had been stymied over the years by Italy's bureaucracy.

The 73-year-old media mogul's wife, Veronica Lario, said last spring she is divorcing Berlusconi for what she called his infatuation with attractive young women.

"(Berlusconi) didn't pay me. It wasn't money he had to give me, he promised me something else," D'Addario writes in the book. "I gave him my body, he (gave me) nothing."

A left-leaning newsweekly L'Espresso obtained what it said were the tapes made by D'Addario. In the tapes, a man identified as Berlusconi is heard telling the woman to wait for him on the big bed while he showers.

In the memoir, which stretches back to an unhappy childhood, D'Addario writes that since she revealed that she had made a tape recording of the encounter, she has been the subject of threats, aggression and other "strange episodes," including the ransacking of her home.

"They take away everything, from panties to dresses, from stockings to bras, from jewelry to shoes, from CDs to my diaries, to my address book, the computer. They only leave me a very expensive TV," D'Addario writes.

"Now I am really frightened," D'Addario writes. She says she reported the theft to local police.