Berlusconi jokes about 'sex trial'
BELEAGUERED Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi seemed determined yesterday not to allow his legal woes to get the better of him.
Perhaps it was the fact that the weekend beckoned either way. As he handed out prizes to a dozen promising young college graduates, he couldn't help himself from remarking that two blonde recipients were so wonderful he was thinking of inviting them to his famed "bunga bunga" parties.
And for good measure, lest he be accused of sexism, he told one of their male friends he was cute enough to come along too.
Mr Berlusconi went on trial this week on charges he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl at some of those parties. He strenuously denies the charges.
Our picture shows some young women laughing with Mr Berlusconi during the awards ceremony in Rome.