Berlusconi would not have faced trial if he was gay: Putin
VALDAI, Russia (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that his friend, Italy's convicted former premier Silvio Berlusconi, would not have gone on trial for sex with a minor if he was gay.
"Berlusconi is on trial for living with women, but if he were a homosexual, nobody would dare touch him," Mr Putin said during a discussion with international experts and journalists at the Valdai Club in the north-western Novgorod region.
The remark was met by roars of laughter from the audience.
Berlusconi, 76, is appealing a conviction for having sex with an underage prostitute nicknamed Ruby the Heart Stealer.