Italy's Grillo derided for defending son in sex assault case

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 file photo, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte speaks during a joint press conference with Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga following their meeting at Chigi Palace, in Rome. Former Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Thursday took to task the founder of the 5-Star Movement founder for a video message defending his son against allegations of sexual assault. Conte, a lawyer by training who has been tapped as the next leader of the movement, said in a statement that he understands "the anguish of a father, but we cannot overlook that there are also other people in this affair, who must be protected and whose feelings must be absolutely respected, namely the young girl directly involved in the affair."

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