Berlusconi Denies 'Steamy Affair' With Teen : The Two-Way Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has made his I-did-not-have-a-steamy-affair-with-that-18-year-old-girl statement. (How does one say in Italian "It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is"?)
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Berlusconi Denies 'Steamy Affair' With Teen

In this Tuesday, April 28, 2009, file photo, 18-year-old Noemi Letizia poses with a portrait of Silvio Berlusconi in her home in Naples, Italy. AP Photo/Franco Castan??, File hide caption

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has made his I-did-not-have-a-steamy-affair-with-that-18-year-old-girl statement. (How does one say in Italian "It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is"?)

Berlusconi did former President Bill Clinton one better in how he denied that he got busy, so to speak, with Noemi Letizia, an 18-year old from Naples. He swore on the lives of his children that he didn't have a torrid romance with her. Clinton did a lot of fast-talking, at least at first, but at least he kept Chelsea out of it.

This isn't to say Berlusconi's guilty of what many suspect. We assume only the prime minister, the teen and his bodyguards really know for sure what happened. But it sure doesn't look good.

Here's an excerpt of a Reuters report:

ROME, May 28 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, facing demands to explain his relationship with a teenage girl, denied on Thursday he had had a "steamy affair" and said he would have to resign if caught lying about it.

The 72-year-old conservative leader's relationship with an 18-year-old has become an explosive political issue in Italy after his wife Veronica demanded a divorce because of his womanizing and said he was "not well".

Berlusconi has denied any wrongdoing or lying in his apparently contradictory explanations of why he went to Noemi Letizia's 18th birthday and gave her an expensive necklace. He has promised to explain it all in parliament but not set a date.

He told reporters in Rome that if someone asked whether he had "a relationship, let's say steamy or more than steamy, with an underage girl", his answer would be: "Absolutely not."

"I have sworn it on the life of my children. And I said that I am aware that, if this were perjury, I would have to resign a minute later," said Berlusconi, who was elected for a third time last year and enjoys strong support in opinion polls.