B’sconi crony going to trial

MILAN — Marcello Dell’Utri, the closest political associate of Silvio Berlusconi and former No. 2 in Fininvest, will have to stand trial Oct. 15 in Palermo, Sicily, on charges of contacts with the Italian Mafia, judicial sources said.

Dell’Utri, former chairman and CEO of Fininvest advertising arm Publitalia and currently a member of the Parliament in the ranks of Berlusconi’s party Forza Italia, is accused by 23 repentant members of the Mafia of being a go-between of Cosa Nostra (the Sicilian Mafia) and the business community in Milan, where Fininvest is based.

Separately, in Milan, the corruption trial of Berlusconi was postponed for a second time for procedural reasons. Italy’s former prime minister and Fininvest owner, his brother Paolo and about a dozen executives from the Fininvest media group are accused of paying bribes to tax inspectors during audits of the company. Berlusconi also is charged in a separate case of illegally financing the former Italian Socialist Party of ex-premier Bettino Craxi.

More Biz

  • netflix-the-little-prince

    Mediawan Closes In on Acquisition of Dimitri Rassam's ON Kids & Family

    MILAN — Marcello Dell’Utri, the closest political associate of Silvio Berlusconi and former No. 2 in Fininvest, will have to stand trial Oct. 15 in Palermo, Sicily, on charges of contacts with the Italian Mafia, judicial sources said. Dell’Utri, former chairman and CEO of Fininvest advertising arm Publitalia and currently a member of the Parliament […]

  • Mark Hamill and Ted Cruz Get

    Mark Hamill and Ted Cruz Get in Net Neutrality-Related Twitter Fight

    MILAN — Marcello Dell’Utri, the closest political associate of Silvio Berlusconi and former No. 2 in Fininvest, will have to stand trial Oct. 15 in Palermo, Sicily, on charges of contacts with the Italian Mafia, judicial sources said. Dell’Utri, former chairman and CEO of Fininvest advertising arm Publitalia and currently a member of the Parliament […]

  • Sumner Redstone

    Sumner Redstone's Ex-Girlfriend Fights With Nurse For Access to Secret Tapes

    MILAN — Marcello Dell’Utri, the closest political associate of Silvio Berlusconi and former No. 2 in Fininvest, will have to stand trial Oct. 15 in Palermo, Sicily, on charges of contacts with the Italian Mafia, judicial sources said. Dell’Utri, former chairman and CEO of Fininvest advertising arm Publitalia and currently a member of the Parliament […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    MILAN — Marcello Dell’Utri, the closest political associate of Silvio Berlusconi and former No. 2 in Fininvest, will have to stand trial Oct. 15 in Palermo, Sicily, on charges of contacts with the Italian Mafia, judicial sources said. Dell’Utri, former chairman and CEO of Fininvest advertising arm Publitalia and currently a member of the Parliament […]

  • Paul Haggis Lawsuit

    Paul Haggis Hit With Lawsuit for Alleged Rape, Claims a $9 Million Shakedown

    MILAN — Marcello Dell’Utri, the closest political associate of Silvio Berlusconi and former No. 2 in Fininvest, will have to stand trial Oct. 15 in Palermo, Sicily, on charges of contacts with the Italian Mafia, judicial sources said. Dell’Utri, former chairman and CEO of Fininvest advertising arm Publitalia and currently a member of the Parliament […]

  • Sirius Logo

    SiriusXM Hit With Big Rate Hike by Copyright Royalty Board

    MILAN — Marcello Dell’Utri, the closest political associate of Silvio Berlusconi and former No. 2 in Fininvest, will have to stand trial Oct. 15 in Palermo, Sicily, on charges of contacts with the Italian Mafia, judicial sources said. Dell’Utri, former chairman and CEO of Fininvest advertising arm Publitalia and currently a member of the Parliament […]

  • Warner Music Group Logo

    Warner Music Taking Disciplinary Action Against Exec VP Jeff Fenster for Sexual Harassment

    MILAN — Marcello Dell’Utri, the closest political associate of Silvio Berlusconi and former No. 2 in Fininvest, will have to stand trial Oct. 15 in Palermo, Sicily, on charges of contacts with the Italian Mafia, judicial sources said. Dell’Utri, former chairman and CEO of Fininvest advertising arm Publitalia and currently a member of the Parliament […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content