A man accused of striking Silvio Berlusconi in the face, putting him in hospital, has apologized to the Italian prime minister, a news report said.

Massimo Tartaglia wrote a letter to the 73—year—old premier expressing “deeply felt” regret for a “cowardly and rash” act, the Italian news agency ANSA reported on Monday night.

Tartaglia, 42, is accused of striking Berlusconi on Sunday with a miniature replica of the Milan Cathedral at a political rally in the northern Italian city.

Mr. Berlusconi suffered a broken nose, two broken teeth, and cuts to his lips and has been in a Milan hospital ever since.

Tartaglia is in police custody. His father has said he has been psychologically unstable for years.

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