Berlusconi blames his downfall on global media
Silvio Berlusconi has blamed the foreign press for his downfall and insisted he had not "done anything wrong" as three people go on trial accused of recruiting prostitutes for him.
Mr Berlusconi (75), who resigned as Italian prime minister earlier this month after losing his majority in parliament, has been involved in a series of sex scandals involving escorts and an underage prostitute for more than two years.
Today, Nicole Minetti (25), an Anglo-Italian dental hygienist turned regional councillor, Lele Mora (55), a theatrical agent, and Emilio Fede (80), a TV news anchorman and Mr Berlusconi's best friend, go on trial accused of procuring women for his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties.
Mr Berlusconi has always insisted nothing untoward happened at the parties.
In an interview with the 'Corriere della Sera' newspaper, Mr Berlusconi was asked if his "style of life was a mistake?"
"That's all false -- it's something that the foreign press have all fallen for." he replied. "My image has been ruined by things that are absolutely untrue."
On Wednesday, his own trial for having sex with an underage prostitute -- Karima El Mahroug, who was 17 at the time of the alleged offence -- will also resume.
He also faces two other trials -- for perverting the course of justice and for fraud. (© Daily Telegraph, London)