Silvio Berlusconi, the scandal-ridden former Italian Prime Minister and billionaire media mogul, is currently in intensive care following a series of hospitalizations. The 86-year-old four-time premier has battled numerous health issues in recent years, with the most recent hospitalization occurring just last week.
Berlusconi is reportedly at Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital, where he was previously admitted for several days. The former Italian leader had been released from the hospital last week after what was described as a “routine check-up.”
The ex-Prime Minister’s health has been a topic of concern for some time, particularly during his 2021 trial for charges of bribing witnesses. Milan prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano argued for a temporary halt to the trial, citing Berlusconi’s illnesses. She stated, “We definitely believe Berlusconi is seriously ill and is suffering from a serious disease. This is what medical certificates and consultancies show.”
Berlusconi’s health issues escalated in 2020 after contracting COVID-19 in September, leading to multiple hospitalizations in 2021. In addition to the virus, he experienced heart problems, which also required hospital care in January of the same year.
The former Prime Minister has faced numerous legal battles in recent years, including being accused of bribing witnesses to remain silent about an underage prostitution case that began in 2013. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing. In 2011, Berlusconi was forced to resign as prime minister, and in 2013, he was found guilty of paying an underage dancer, known as “Ruby the Heart Stealer,” for sex. However, he was acquitted on appeal, as it was determined he did not know she was only 17 years old.
Subsequent accusations surfaced, claiming that Berlusconi paid other guests millions of euros to lie about the parties in court. The former leader has maintained that these payments were compensation for the damage their careers sustained as a result of the case’s publicity.
As Berlusconi’s health continues to decline, it remains to be seen how this will impact his ongoing legal battles and political influence in Italy.