Rome, November 29 - Veteran Italian television presenter Pippo Baudo was sent to trial by a Rome judge on Tuesday for allegedly defaming a woman convicted of a drugs charge on three TV shows in 2014. Defamation is a crime in Italy. The case regards comments Baudo, 80, made about Federica Gagliardi, the so-called 'white lady' who was sentenced to three years, four months in jail by a Naples court of first instance after being caught at Rome's Fiumicino airport in possession of 24 kilos of cocaine in 2014. The defamation trial is set to start on February 21, 2018. Gagliardi was dubbed the white lady because she was seen dressed all in white as she descended from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's plane as part of the G8 Toronto delegation in June 2010. Gagliardi had reportedly helped with the election team behind Berlusconi's now-defunct People of Freedom (PdL) party victory in regional elections in Lazio and had asked to then be included in an international event.
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