Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi always operated as a caricature of the oversexed, underworked, and incredibly corrupt politician. He was that guy who, somehow, kept getting elected and re-elected, despite a list of inappropriate comments, political controversies, and actual criminal charges that would have sent a U.S. president to political exile decades ago.
Today, though, it wasn't calling Mussolini a good leader on Holocaust Remembrance Day, or being accused of government corruption through prostitution, or allegations of mafia collusion, tax fraud, and bribery, which did the slick devil in. It was paying for sex with an underage girl at a "bunga bunga" orgy. You really can't make this stuff up.
From the AP:
Berlusconi, 76, was sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from public office for life — a sentence that could mean the end of his two-decade political career. However, there are two more levels of appeal before the sentence would become final, a process that can take months.
Berlusconi holds no official post in the current Italian government, but remains influential in the uneasy cross-party coalition that emerged after inconclusive February elections.
Berlusconi was first indicted on the charges back in 2011. Since then, his relationship with Kharima El-Mahrough, known as "Ruby Heartstealer," has generated much attention, for obvious reasons, among the Italian and worldwide press. The former premier remains fairly popular—despite the 2,066 word "Trials and Allegations of Silvio Berlusconi" Wikipedia page, which is a quality read.