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Domnica Cemortan, Woman On Costa Concordia Bridge At Time Of Crash, Says She Was Captain's Lover

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GROSSETO, Italy -- GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — A Moldovan dancer who was on the bridge when the Costa Concordia cruise ship crashed into a reef near Italy, killing 32 people, has testified at the captain's manslaughter trial that the two were lovers.

Domnica Cemortan also told the Italian court Tuesday that she boarded as a non-paying passenger hours before the crash near the island of Giglio, saying "when you are someone's lover no one asks you for a ticket." She dismissed the remark as a joke to her translator.

Cemortan says she had worked on the Concordia for three weeks in December 2011.

She tried to dodge the question of whether she was romantically involved with Capt. Francesco Schettino, and only responded positively after being told she risked criminal charges for refusing to reply.

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