Italy's Berlusconi in prostitution probe

January 14, 2011 15:15

ROME — Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation in a prostitution case involving a 17-year-old Moroccan girl, a case his lawyers on Friday called "absurd and groundless."

Italy's leading newspaper, Corriere della Sera, reported that the 74-year-old premier is suspected of having sex with the minor and then abusing his power in trying to cover up the encounters with the girl, nicknamed Ruby by the press.Berlusconi's attorneys, Nicolo Ghedini and Piero Longo, confirmed the investigation hours later, saying probe represented a "very serious interference in the prime minister's private life that has no precedent in the country's judicial history."

They called the case media-driven, and said that the allegations "have already been refuted by all witnesses and people directly involved."

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