telegraph.co.uk on December 22, 2011 reported that David Mills, the onetime lawyer of Silvio Berlusconi and estranged husband of Tessa Jowell, the ex-Olympics minister, has said he was ashamed to have falsely claimed the former Italian prime minister bribed him. The billionaire tycoon, who stood down as premier in November, is accused of bribing Mills with $600,000 in exchange for providing false evidence during two trials in the mid-1990s. He denies the charges. Mills, who was Mr Berlusconi’s tax lawyer, had written a letter to the Inland Revenue in 2004 claiming that he had received the money from the former prime minister. He said he needed to “provide to the Inland Revenue a story which explained why I had treated the money as a gift and not as income”.