PM Berlusconi: Allegations are 'disgusting and shameful'
9 February 2011 Last updated at 17:14 GMT
Prosecutors in Italy have requested an immediate trial for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, over allegations that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl and then used his influence to cover it up.
Mr Berlusconi denies any wrongdoing but the impact on his centre-right government could be immense.
Duncan Kennedy sent this report from Rome.