Italian PM laments he missed out dinner with 1,000 women

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is known for his love of near-the-knuckle jokes.

Updated: May 05, 2011, 16:45 PM IST

London: Silvio Berlusconi, known for his love of near-the-knuckle jokes, continued to show that standing trial for sex offences with a teenage prostitute had not affected his sense of humour, telling a group of 1,000 women: "What a disaster I`m not with you."

Italy`s 74-year-old PM reeled off jokes as he addressed the women`s political rally by phone, reports the Sun.

One gag referred to Berlusconi`s infamous ‘bunga bunga’ sex parties - and ended with the billionaire media tycoon calling himself "an ageless legend" in the punchline.

He repeated another joke for the fourth time, but still raised a laugh by saying: "Thirty percent of women would like to have sex with Berlusconi - the other 70 percent replied `Again`?"

Berlusconi was speaking at a rally for Letizia Moratti - running for mayor of Milan with his People of Freedom party.

The PM told the women: "Mamma mia! What a shame I am so far away, what a disaster that I am not with you.”

"A dinner with 1,000 women - you can`t miss something like that,” he added.