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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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Domnica Cemortan, a young Moldovan woman who says she was called to the bridge of the stricken Costa Concordia to help evacuate Russian passengers, walks in a street during a pause of the trial of Captain Francesco Schettino, being held in the court room of the converted Teatro Moderno theater, in Grosseto, Thursday, July 18, 2013. The trial of the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner, accused of multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing the shipwreck near the island
Domnica Cemortan, a young Moldovan woman who says she was called to the bridge of the stricken Costa Concordia to help evacuate Russian passengers, walks in a street during a pause of the trial of Captain Francesco Schettino, being held in the court room of the converted Teatro Moderno theater, in Grosseto, Thursday, July 18, 2013. The trial of the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner, accused of multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing the shipwreck near the island

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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