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July 21, 2009|Times Wire Reports

An Italian newsweekly has released tape recordings of what it says was a night Silvio Berlusconi spent with a prostitute in which the prime minister is allegedly heard asking her to wait for him in bed while he showers.

Berlusconi's lawyer, Niccolo Ghedini, disputed the veracity of the tapes, saying they were "without any merit, completely improbable and the fruit of invention."

The escort, Patrizia D'Addario, has said she taped her encounters with Berlusconi as well as the parties he threw for young women at his residences, which have become a source of scandal for the 72-year-old leader.

Berlusconi has denied he ever paid anyone for sex and has called the allegations "trash" meant to smear him.

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