Moldovan dancer who defended Schettino admits affair
Domnica Cemortan on Concordia deck during crash that killed 3229 October, 19:16
(ANSA) - Grosseto, October 29 - The Moldovan dancer who once defended ex-captain Francesco Schettino for his role in the Costa Concordia shipwreck admitted on Tuesday that she had an affair with him.
The ex-commander is on trial in the Tuscan city of Grosseto for multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty. "I have died a second time. Enough now. I want to begin a new life," Domnica Cemortan unleashed at television cameras on her way out from a theatre acting as court.
"I have a daughter and I haven't worked for two years. My private life doesn't count" at the trial, she complained.
Cemortan was on the deck of the Concordia cruise ship on the night of Italy's worst maritime disaster since World War II, which took 32 lives.
The dancer defended Schettino in a television interview but said that reports she was romantically involved with him, since her suitcase was found in his room, were not true.
Schettino is the only person standing criminal trial over the disaster as other defendants reached plea bargains.