Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has previously threatened to crackdown on the media for reporting his regular gaffes and notorious conduct. Now, the media mogul is reportedly trying to block publication of pictures with young women after the media pursues allegations of affairs. His wife, Veronica Lario, sought a divorce due to Berlusconi’s, 72, alleged fondness for girls, including a particular 18-year-old Neapolitan Noemi Letizia.
Hundreds of photographs are being withheld from a party at his Sardinian villa. On newspaper says that the photographs included some showing topless girls or girls in bikinis with the premier.
Berlusconi is seeking suppression of the pictures through an officer that protects privacy. In the United States, however, there is an exception for matter of public interest in the privacy rules governing such torts as “the public disclosure of private embarrassing facts.” The test is whether the publication is part of a “legitimate concern to others,” which is defined as a newsworthiness exception.
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