A court in Milan, Italy has convicted former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi -- a billionaire -- of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute during infamous "bunga bunga" parties at his Milan villa, and then using his influence to try to cover it up, the New York Post website reports today (June 24, 2013).
Berlusconi, 76, was sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from public office for life. The ban on holding office could mean the end of Berlusconi's two-decade political career. However, Berlusconi has the right to appeal at two more court levels before the sentence would become final.
Berlusconi holds no official post in the current Italian government, but remains influential in the uneasy cross-party coalition that emerged after inconclusive elections in February.
Both Berlusconi and Karima El Mahroug -- the Moroccan prostitute at the center of the scandal -- have denied ever having sex.