Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of suffering from an "uncontrollable sickness" in his relations with women, as the Moroccan teenage belly dancer at the heart of Italy's latest sex scandal said she is writing a book about the affair.
The Italian prime minister has been accused of personally intervening to have 17-year-old Karima Keyek released from police custody when she was arrested in May on suspicion of stealing cash and valuables from a female acquaintance in Milan.
An influential Catholic magazine, La Famiglia Cristiana (The Christian Family) said Mr Berlusconi's obsession with beautiful young women and playboy lifestyle was symptomatic of "a disease, something uncontrollable".
"It is incredible that a man in such a position does not have the necessary self-control," wrote the magazine, which is sold in Italian churches every Sunday.
Veronica Lario, Mr Berlusconi's estranged wife and the mother of three of his five children, last year said she believed that he was "unwell", accusing him of "consorting with minors" and announcing that she wanted a divorce after 20 years o