04/10/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Desmond Tutu Mocks, Absolves City Hall Press Corps

If only Mayor Daley always had Desmond Tutu at the ready. In a strange scene at City Hall Tuesday, the South African Archbishop stepped in to shield Daley from reporters questioning him about his flights on the luxury jet of a non-profit under investigation by the IRS.

Last week CBS News reported that Daley and his wife, Maggie, had taken 58 flights on a jet owned by the student loan non-profit Educap. The group funded the Academy of Achievement, which has employed Maggie Daley.

Daley's spokeswoman disputed the report, saying that the Daleys had taken only one flight on the company's jet, to Singapore in 2006.

But Daley appeared to acknowledge more trips Tuesday, dodging a question by saying of the flights, "I don't remember all of 'em."

He also admitted taking trips to Mexico and from Las Vegas to California after being questioned by reporters who had obtained the flight logs, Fran Spielman reports in the Sun-Times.

As reporters attempted to get more details out of Daley, Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner in town for an anti-violence event, came to his rescue. Watch: