ROME (AFP) — Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, facing a public divorce and a raft of sex scandals, Thursday said he would not change and claimed Italians wanted him as he was.
"I am like that and I will not change. People want me the way I am. And Italians want me, I have 61 percent support" in surveys, he told a news conference.
"They want me because I am good, generous, sincere, loyal and I carry out my promises," he said.
The 72-year-old billionaire is embroiled in a host of scandals from his links to an aspiring teen model, raunchy parties at his private mansion and claims that he paid money for sex, an allegation he has denied.
"I cannot see what else they will invent, everything will be denied," he said.