Women Dressed as Obama at Berlusconi's Parties

Ruby Heartstealer reveals what went on inside his private disco

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted May 17, 2013 2:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – Silvio Berlusconi's notorious "bunga bunga" parties featured women dressed as sexy nuns, nurses and ... Barack Obama. That's according to Moroccan dancer Karima el-Mahroug—known better as "Ruby Heartstealer"—with whom the former Italian Prime Minister is accused of paying for sex when she was still underage. In court today, El-Mahroug said she attended about six parties at the private disco inside Berlusconi's villa near Milan, and was paid about US$3,900 for each, but maintains she never had sex with the then-premier, the AP reports.

This particular trial is not about Berlusconi's alleged sexual relations with el-Mahroug, but rather the three Berlusconi aides who are accused of recruiting El-Mahroug and other women as prostitutes for the events. El-Mahroug says the young women who attended the parties often dressed in costume—some sexier than others, it would seem—then danced for Berlusconi and stripped down to their underwear. "The girls who were dressed in costumes approached him in a sensual way as they danced. They raised their skirts," she told the court, but added that she "never saw contact."

Karima el-Mahroug is escorted outside the Milan's Law court by two Carabinieri police officers after giving her testimony.
Karima el-Mahroug is escorted outside the Milan's Law court by two Carabinieri police officers after giving her testimony.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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