"There are tons of good-looking girls and entrepreneurs out there. I am not a saint, you've all understood that. I hope those at La Repubblica also understands that."
La Repubblica, a left-leaning Italian newspaper, published the recordings earlier this week. In them, Berlusconi allegedly tells a paid escort to wait for him in "Putin's bed," a bed apparently given to Berlusconi as a gift from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. How romantic!