'It's Better to Like Beautiful Girls Than Be Gay': Berlusconi

Italian PM offers up an interesting defense

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 2, 2010 2:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Despite calls for his resignation, Silvio Berlusconi will not step down—or apologize—following reports of his involvement with a 17-year-old belly dancer. His defense: “It’s better to like beautiful girls than to be gay,” Ireland's RTÉ reports. At a motorcycle industry show, he insisted he hadn’t done anything wrong and said he continues to “work without interruption” while, admittedly, “occasionally [looking] a beautiful girl in the face.”

“You should be completely reassured about the government and about the fact that it's a government that still has a majority that intends to govern until the end of its term,” he said. For more on the rumors dogging him, click here.

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures while speaking during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures while speaking during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.   (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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