Girlfriend keeps tabs as ex-Italian premier Berlusconi faces charity stint
ROME (AFP) - With his girlfriend keeping a lid on costs at home, Italy's star convict Silvio Berlusconi is preparing to apply to do community service for a tax fraud conviction that is shaking up politics.
Francesca Pascale said Berlusconi's staff had been buying green beans at an extortionate 80 euros (S$135) per kilogramme and regularly bringing in crates of fish even though he does not eat it.
"It needed a woman in the house," the 28-year-old former shopkeeper, who claims she started pursuing Berlusconi when she was just a teenager, said in this week's edition of gossip weekly Oggi.
"When I started living with him, I found an unacceptable situation. I did what had to be done, a bit of a clean-up," said Pascale, a constant presence at Berlusconi's side - along with his pet poodle Dudu - during his recent legal woes.