Berlusconi a Suspect in Teen Prostitute Case
Could face 15 years in prison
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2011 10:40 AM CST
In this on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 file photo Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi listens during a news conference.   (AP Photo/Shane McMillan, File)

(Newser) – Police are officially investigating Silvio Berlusconi over allegations that he paid a 17-year-old girl for sex, and have asked him to come in for questioning, prosecutors in Milan announced today. He’s also accused of attempting to use his position as prime minister to pressure police to sweep the matter under the rug. He hasn’t been charged with anything yet, but if he is, and if he’s convicted, he’ll face 15 years in prison, the Guardian reports.

The girl in question is Karima el-Mahroug, better known as Ruby Heartstealer, the Moroccan girl Berlusconi allegedly helped spring from jail after she was arrested for theft. Mahroug once told investigators that Berlusconi gave her cash gifts after she attended one of his parties, at which she played an erotic game called the “bunga bunga.” But she has since publicly denied sleeping with the prime minister, Berlusconi’s lawyers were quick to point out.

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Count-Spatula
Jan 14, 2011 10:13 PM CST
He's a conservative... therefore he is reliably a secret sexual degenerate.
Cat-Lover
Jan 14, 2011 1:29 PM CST
You'd think the WASPs in America have taken over Europe. First Assange is charged with a sex crime and now Berlusconi, next the Pope (although that one I'd believe). Europe's got to find a bettwe more realistic way of solving their problems.
Park
Jan 14, 2011 12:22 PM CST
Just another conservative sleazebag.