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Italian paper revives Berlusconi scandal

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An Italian newsweekly has obtained tape recordings of what it says was the night Premier Silvio Berlusconi spent with a prostitute in which the premier is purportedly heard asking her to wait for him in bed while he showers.

The escort, Patrizia D'Addario, has said she taped her two encounters with Berlusconi at parties he threw for young women at his residence that have become the source of scandal.

The left-leaning newsweekly L'Espresso put what it said were the recordings on its Web site Monday. Berlusconi is allegedly heard chatting with D'Addario about a bed in his residence.

A spokesman for Berlusconi's party didn't deny the recordings were accurate and said L'Espresso was merely trying to revive an "already dead" scandal.