'Once again they fill the newspapers with rubbish and falsehoods ('garbage and lies'). I will certainly not allow this aggression to affect me, and I will continue to work as ever for the good of this country'
Silvio Berlusconi, 18 June. Reacts to claims made by a showgirl in an interview in the Milan-based daily Corriere della Sera that she was 'paid' to visit his Roman villa in October 2008. In the UK press, only the Irish Times sympathises by calling his response 'not surprising'
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