Berlusconi to address Parliament about alleged relationship with teen girl

May 25th, 2009 - 12:24 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 25 (ANI): Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is likely to address Parliament over his alleged relationship with one 18-year-old Noemi Letizia.

Letizia, who affectionately calls Berlusconi “Papi”, came under media glare after Veronica Lario, the Italian leader’s wife, announced their divorce saying that she could not stay with a man “who frequents minors”.

The buzz started that Belusconi had attended the teenager’s 18th birthday party last weekend, presenting her with a gold and diamond necklace. The visit infuriated his wife.

When asked whether he would outline the nature of his relationship with Letizia officially, he told a local television station in Rome: “Explain to parliament my relationship with Noemi Letizia? I’m thinking about it.”

Berlusconi said that the claims would bounce back on people making allegations.

“They will be ashamed, and will lose the respect of voters. In this case there is nothing improper, nothing that is not more than clean,” Times Online quoted him as telling Radio Monte Carlo.

“The behaviour of several newspapers has really been disgraceful, vile - I would even say disgusting. When people will understand the real situation several people will be ashamed,” he added.

Berlusconi’s relationship with Letizia faced fresh allegations after a former boyfriend of the aspiring model contradicted his claim that he had met her due to his friendship with her parents.

In an interview to newspaper La Repubblica, Gino Flaminio, 22, said that he had ended their relationship because he felt uncomfortable about the growing friendship between Letizia and the media tycoon-turned-politician.

He revealed that Berlusconi contacted Letizia last year after a friend mistakenly left her modelling portfolio after dining at one of the premier’s homes.

“Noemi’s parents have nothing to do with Berlusconi, the link is directly through him. Their relationship started around October 2008,” the Telegraph quoted Flaminio as saying.

“It quickly became clear to me that Noemi and me had no future.

“He had a fatherly attitude when he was speaking to her and I didn’t like it. I told her I didn’t like it.

“She is a sweet and innocent girl who can’t bear being apart from her teddy bear,” he added. (ANI)

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