Berlusconi Had 'Stripper Nuns' at Parties: Witness

Model testifies that she was paid to attend bunga bunga party

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 16, 2012 1:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – Just when you thought you'd heard it all, this comes out of the Silvio Berlusconi trial: A witness, a model who says Berlusconi paid her $2,614 to attend one of his infamous bunga bunga parties, says she saw strippers dressed as nuns performing for the former Italian prime minister at the party. Imane Fadil testified that one of the "nuns" was Nicole Minetti, who is now employed by Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party, the BBC reports.

Fadil said she attended several of Berlusconi's parties and that female attendees were paid more for sex. She claimed the "nuns" stayed overnight at Berlusconi's villa. Last week, an Italian paper reported that Berlusconi has paid out nearly $166,000 to three witnesses in his trial, including Minetti, but Berlusconi's lawyer insists the payments were legal and not an attempt to influence testimony.

Silvio Berlusconi takes place prior the Italian Serie A football match between Parma vs AC  Milan at Ennio Tardini Stadium in Parma on March 17, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE
Silvio Berlusconi takes place prior the Italian Serie A football match between Parma vs AC Milan at Ennio Tardini Stadium in Parma on March 17, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE   (Getty Images)
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