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Moldovan dancer tells court she had affair with stricken ship's captain

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 01:29

Oct. 29 - A Moldovan dancer who was with the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner when it capsized tells a court she and the captain were lovers. Mana Rabiee reports.

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In Italy on Tuesday, this Moldovan dancer was at the center of the trial of the captain of the ill-fated Costo Concorida cruise ship. She's Domnica Cemortan, and she was on the ship's bridge with Captain Francesco Schettino when the cruise liner hit a reef off the Tuscan coast in January 2012, killing 32 people. Until now, she's refused to answer questions about their relationship. She covered her face as she testified, through an interpreter. (SOUNDBITE) (Romanian) MOLDOVAN DANCER, DOMNICA CEMORTAN, SAYING: (ROUGH TRANSLATION) "Yes, I had a relationship with him. Stop. Now, could we please move onto more important things?" After the court hearing, Cemortan told reporters the experience has been like "a second death". She just wants to move on with her life, she says. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOLDOVAN DANCER, DOMNICA CEMORTAN, SAYING: "People find out something that I tried to hide for three years of my life because that it is my private life and I have a baby and this is necessary for me to hide… I just hope to go home and just get born again, you know, with the baby and follow my life because I don't work for three years and I really want to start everything from zero." Schettino faces multiple charges including manslaughter and abandoning ship. He's admitted he bears responsibility for the accident but says others are also to blame.

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Moldovan dancer tells court she had affair with stricken ship's captain

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 01:29