Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who’s currently embroiled in a number of corruption and sex scandals, was hit by a statuette at a rally Sunday by mentally ill graphic designer Massimo Tartaglia, breaking his nose and knocking out two of his teeth. Although the attack immediately brought the sight of blood, the 73-year-old billionaire was not seriously injured and is recovering well though he is still in pain and is having trouble eating.
42-year-old Tartaglia was arrested on the scene, which was in his best interest since there are rumors that the crowd was ready to lynch him.
Berlusconi had just finished a rousing speech to supporters of his People of Freedom party when he was hit with the statuette. Although there was a group of protesters, his attacker, Tartaglia is said to not be among the group of dissenters.