Italian Premier Berlusconi's Wife Seeking Divorce

ROME (AP) - Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's second wife is seeking a divorce after 19 years of marriage and three children

Former actress Veronica Lario cites her husband's reported flirtations with younger women.

Italian media reports Lario has confirmed reports that she has retained an attorney to begin separation and divorce proceedings, saying she was "forced to take this step."

Berlusconi has issued a one-line statement saying: "It's a personal issue that pains me, that is in the private sphere, and which seems necessary not to speak about."

Last week, Lario publicly voiced outrage over reports that Berlusconi's political party was lining up TV showgirls and starlets as European Parliament candidates.

She also has lashed out at the premier's reported attendance at an 18-year-old woman's birthday party.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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