Berlusconi entertained by lapdancers on Brazil visit
Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, invited six lapdancers to entertain him in his hotel during an official visit to Brazil, according to reports.
The 73-year-old Italian leader is said to have watched a private exhibition of lap and pole dancing on Monday, during a trip that included meetings with Brazilian businessmen and the country's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The women claim that they were paid about €1,000 and promised jobs as showgirls and starlets on Italian television channels owned by Mr Berlusconi.
The prime minister's office said he was entertained by a "typically Brazilian folklore spectacle". But one of the dancers, Alexandra Valenca (28) said her performance in front of the prime minister included an erotic lap dance at a dinner in the presidential suite.
"They presented to me a plan for a programme on one of the channels that Berlusconi owns in Italy. I was told he wanted some beautiful Brazilian girls," she said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)