Teen: Berlusconi Gave Me $9K
...but Ruby Heartstealer maintains there was 'absolutely' no sex
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2011 4:01 PM CST
Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi sits as he listen to a speech.   (Alessandra Tarantino)

(Newser) – The teenager at the heart of the latest criminal probe of Silvio Berlusconi insists she didn't have sex with him—but says he gave her $9,350 when she attended a Valentine's Day party at his villa. Karima el-Mahroug, better known as Ruby Heartstealer, said yesterday that Berlusconi didn't know she was a minor "because I told everyone I was 24," not 17. As for why he gave her the cash? "Because I had just arrived in Milan and he knew of my difficult family situation" and wanted to help, reports the AP.

Prosecutors are investigating whether Berlusconi paid the underage girl for sex and then abused his power in trying to cover up the encounter. Click for more.

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Jan 18, 2011 8:12 AM CST
Vive La France!
Jan 17, 2011 4:45 AM CST
berlusconi passed a law punishing prostitution and indecent exhibit in which underage people is involved. double way morals and sheer arrogance to say the least. but since on the net you even find north korea supporters, i guess that some berlusconi fan trusting his last self discharge must be expected. funny that those people dont seem to recognize the continuous stream of contradicting, messages coming from the little man. first he says that he's no saint,and loves women, then denies the parties, then he start speaking about an obscure fiancee.... lol
Jan 16, 2011 10:15 PM CST
or at least that's the story we agreed on when I sat in his lap and he diddled me.