Berlusconi: ‘No Intimate Ties’

    Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he attends the presentation of the  book "The big cheat" by former Minister of Public Administration and Innovation Renato Brunetta in downtown Rome on September 27, 2012.  AFP PHOTO/ Filippo MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, on trial for accusations of sleeping with an underage prostitute, testified on Thursday that he had no "intimate ties" with the then-17-year-old. Although Berlusconi is accused of having slept with her on 13 occasions, he said that there were never events "of a sexual nature" in his home. He further claimed that his stories of "bunga-bunga" sex parties were always just a joke. Sure, Mr. Berlusconi, we believe you.

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