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Prostitute linked to Berlusconi feels threatened

world Updated: Nov 24, 2009 21:08 IST

The prostitute at the centre 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 today in Italy, claims she has suffered "strange" threats since she revealed earlier this year that she had taped-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.