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Berlusconi scandal: teen's ex apologizes

THE ex-boyfriend of an 18-year-old woman at the heart of a scandal involving Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has apologized for having fueled speculation about a presumed relationship between the leader and the young woman.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera yesterday ran what it said was a letter from the ex-boyfriend, Gino Flaminio, in which he said there never could have been a sexual relationship between Berlusconi and Noemi Letizia "knowing Noemi and her values."

Last week, the left-leaning daily La Repubblica quoted Flaminio as saying Berlusconi had invited Letizia and several other young women to his Sardinian villa for a week over the New Year.

The interview fueled speculation about a possible relationship between Letizia and the premier.

Berlusconi fought back blocking publication of hundreds of photos taken of guests at his sumptuous villa.

Prosecutors also placed the Sardinian photographer who took the shots under investigation for alleged violation of privacy laws and fraud for trying to sell the shots.

State television reported on Saturday that among photos seized by prosecutors were some taken last New Year's Eve, with guests including Letizia.

Corriere della Sera said that among the photos were some that showed young women topless or in bikinis in the gardens of the villa.

Berlusconi has denied anything "spicy" in his relationship with Letizia.

Speaking by telephone to an election rally in northern Italy on Saturday, Berlusconi described himself as the victim of a campaign of "insults" he alleged was run by the opposition to discredit him ahead of European Parliament elections next weekend.


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