By SOF Editor on Mon, 12/14/2009 - 12:15pm
Police in Italy say a man with a history of mental problems hit Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the face with a statue Sunday.
Mr. Berlusconi was taken to a hospital with a broken nose, two broken teeth, and a cut lip.
Italy's ANSA news agency said the prime minister told reporters that he was fine after emergency treatment. But doctors say they want to keep him in the hospital overnight for observation.
Mr. Berlusconi was signing autographs and shaking hands after a rally in Milan Sunday.
His attacker moved close enough to throw a small statue at the prime minister's face.