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Moroccan teen says Berlusconi never touched her

The Moroccan teenager at the center of a prostitution probe involving Silvio Berlusconi says she has never been a prostitute, and that the Italian premier never touched her.

The teenager, known as Ruby, also told a television interview on the network founded by Berlusconi that she said she was 24 years old when she met the premier last Valentine's Day, when in fact she was 17.

Berlusconi is under investigation for allegedly paying for sex with the girl when she was a minor, and then using his office to cover it up. He denies wrongdoing.

Ruby told Canale 5 in an interview taped Wednesday that Berlusconi gave her euro7,000 ($9,454) the first time they met. But she insisted he didn't "lay a finger" on her.