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Berlusconi on "beautiful girls"

2010-11-03 03:54:31 GMT2010-11-03 11:54:31 (Beijing Time)

He already faces scrutiny for claims he he held lavish parties with underage girls.

Tuesday, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi added fuel to that fire.

"As always, I work without interruption and if occasionally I happen to look a beautiful girl in the face, it's better to like beautiful girls than to be gay."

Speaking at a motorcycle industry show in Milan, Berlusconi denied doing anything improper and dismissed demands that he resign --- even as stories about a teenager named Ruby filled Italian newspapers with allegations.

The 74-year-old leader has weathered previous scandals over women -- but this latest dustup which includes charges he pressured authorities to release Ruby from police custody, may be more difficult for Italians to overlook.

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