Did Viagra Make Him Do It?

Viagra cured a 70-year-old construction executive's impotence - too well, his former companion says in a lawsuit.

Roberta Bernardo, also identified in published reports as Bobbi Burke, is suing Francis Bernardo for $2 million, claiming the impotence drug led him to infidelity.

The 61-year-old woman said their 10-year relationship fell apart when Bernardo left their luxury condominium May 5 with a bottle of Viagra he'd had for two days.

Her palimony complaint, filed May 15, said he left a note, boasting of his renewed vigor and saying their relationship was over.

"He's rejuvenated and can get back out there," she told the New York Post. "At 70, I guess he figures he's going to party until he goes."

She said she and Bernardo had sex for the first time in four years with the help of Viagra, the impotence drug that went on the market last month.

Her attorney, Dominic Barbara, said the couple had been living together for a decade but never tied the knot. There is no common-law marriage in New York state.

Barbara said his client might file a negligence suit against Pfizer, which makes Viagra.

"The makers of Viagra should be liable for something like this," Barbara said. "It's like giving a loaded gun to someone who has not been trained to shoot."

He said the company should warn that the drug could be hazardous to marriages and offer emotional counseling along with the little blue pills.

Bernardo could not be reached for comment.

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