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No ham on RAI for Berlusconi

Mogul accused of pressuring head of drama

Silvio Berlusconi is fuming over allegations that the Mediaset mogul and conservative leader tried to persuade RAI head of drama Agostino Sacca to cast four young starlets in the pubcaster’s popular skeins.

The latest Silvio scandal grabbing headlines was broken by leftist daily La Repubblica, based on leaked phone taps in which Berlusconi is quoted as asking Sacca, who is known to be close to Berlusconi politically but works for Mediaset’s main competitor, “to raise the boss’s morale” by helping the thesps, one of whom supposedly has connections to a center-left pol he is trying to bring into his conservative camp.

The phone taps are reportedly part of a still-under-wraps corruption investigation. Berlusconi calls the La Repubblica scoop “pure invention” and railed against Italy’s “red army” of prosecutors.

Meanwhile, Sacca has temporarily left his post, pending the probe’s conclusion. The RAI exec’s attorney issued a statement saying that Berlusconi’s phone call did not land his proteges any roles at RAI Fiction.

That much seems true.

Asked by La Repubblica why Berlusconi was trying to put in the fix for her, actress Elena Russo replied, “Why don’t you tell me? I haven’t worked for RAI in three years.”

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