Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has branded alleged links with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl as “media trash.”
The teenager, known only as Ruby, said she attended parties at the billionaire tycoon’s villa in northern Italy.
The girl is allegedly an illegal immigrant. Media reports say the premier’s office intervened when police arrested her for theft in May.
Three friends to the prime minister are said to have introduced the teenager to him.
They are being investigated for aiding and abetting prostitution.
During a press conference on the Naples rubbish crisis, Berlusconi denied contacting the police to gain Ruby’s release.
“I’m here to talk about real trash. Media trash I leave to you,” he said.
Pier Luigi Bersani, the leader of the opposition Democratic Party, said this latest revelation about Berlusconi’s private life was the final straw.
“I would ask him to just go home. That’s enough. We should look for another way to govern because Italy faces some serious problems right now,” Bersani told reporters.
The 74-year-old divorced his second wife last year after being implicated in a string of scandals.
He was accused of having an affair with an 18-year-old model and paying for sex with an escort.