I feel obliged to stay in the field to reform the justice system so that what happened to me does not happen to other citizens.Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi • Regarding his decision to stay in politics despite the fact he is facing a four-year jail sentence on tax fraud charges related to his media empire. True to form, Berlusconi made the comments on one of his company’s media outlets, Channel Five television. He has wavered repeatedly regarding what he would do politically in recent months, with some speculating he might attempt to run for higher office in the future.
» He denies this, obviously. As does the girl he’s alleged to have slept with, Karima el Mahroug (better known publicly by her pseudonym, Ruby The Heart Stealer). The Italian Prime Minister mocked the accusations against him, claiming that the charge, which cites 33 total women he was alleged to have slept with, is silly because he’s too old. “I’m 75, and even if I’m a bit mischievous, 33 girls in two months is too much even for someone who is 30.” It says something about Berlusconi’s personality that he’s still coyly describing himself as “mischievous,” even as he faces this major legal threat. He’s basically ceding that yeah, he might sleep around every now and then, but not THAT much. Wouldn’t you generally want to avoid in any way alluding to such a thing?
I have always made it so that every woman feels, how should I say, special.Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi • Embattled by multiple charges of sex with underage prostitutes (the girls were of legal consenting age, but prostitutes must be over eighteen by Italian law), the leader defended his way with women, insisting he’s always treated them with respect and “the greatest attention,” which might somewhat be the problem. Berlusconi faces charges carrying a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison. source (via • follow)