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Berlusconi denies any relationship with teen

 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, foreground left, poses for photographers prior to the recording of the talk show Porta a Porta (Door to door), on ...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is seen during the recording of the talk show Porta a Porta (Door to door), on RAI state television, in Rome, Tuesd...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, talks to host host Bruno Vespa during the recording of the talk show Porta a Porta (Door to door), on RAI st...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, talks to host host Bruno Vespa during the recording of the talk show Porta a Porta (Door to door), on RAI st...

Italy Berlusconi

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, foreground left, poses for photographers prior to the recording of the talk show Porta a Porta (Door to door), on ...

Italy Berlusconi

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is seen during the recording of the talk show Porta a Porta (Door to door), on RAI state television, in Rome, Tuesd...

Italy Berlusconi

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, talks to host host Bruno Vespa during the recording of the talk show Porta a Porta (Door to door), on RAI st...

Italy Berlusconi

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, talks to host host Bruno Vespa during the recording of the talk show Porta a Porta (Door to door), on RAI st...

Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Tuesday the suggestion by his wife and the Italian media that he had a relationship with an 18-year-old girl was a "lie" and demanded his wife admit she was wrong if their relationship is to survive.
Berlusconi went on a popular, late-night talk show on state-run television to give his side of his story, saying his wife Veronica Lario had "fallen into a trap" and believed lies in the media. Lario has said she wants a divorce, citing Berlusconi's flirtations with younger women.
Berlusconi said, "I believe that someone who is charged with public functions can only accept the continuation of a relationship if there's an admission" that Lario's accusations were based on lies, "and if she publicly declares she was in error."
In a statement last week, Lario voiced public outrage over media reports that Berlusconi's political party was lining up TV showgirls and starlets as European Parliament candidates. She also lashed out at the premier's attendance at the 18th birthday party of Noemi Letizia, claiming he had never come to the coming-out parties of his own children.
Berlusconi said any suggestion that he had a relationship with Letizia was a "lie."
"If there was anything spicy or less than clean in the relationship between the premier and a woman younger than 18, wouldn't it seem crazy for the premier to go to a public function and be photographed all over the place?" Berlusconi asked on "Porta a Porta."
Letizia has been quoted as saying she calls Berlusconi "papi" or "Daddy" and has been photographed sporting a gold and diamond necklace the premier reportedly gave her as a birthday gift.
Berlusconi said he ended up at Letizia's party by chance, because her father wanted to see him and he happened to be in Naples at the time on official business, near the restaurant where the party was under way.
Berlusconi also denied that showgirls were among his party's European Parliament candidates. But he defended the record of the TV starlets in his Cabinet and in parliament, saying they far outmatched the men.
He said he was an "extraordinary" father to his three grown children with Lario, saying he paid for his daughter Barbara to fly all her friends to Las Vegas for her 18th birthday.
Despite the acrimony, Berlusconi said that all he wanted was a "sea of goodwill" with Lario.
"About my relationship with her, I don't want to add anything else," he said.


Updated : 2021-04-14 14:25 GMT+08:00