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Berlusconi Found Guilty, Gets 7 Years in Sex Case

Former Italian prime minister also barred from running for office

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi's alleged sexcapades earned him a seven-year prison romp today, as a Milan court found him guilty of paying an underage prostitutenamely Karima El Mahroug, aka Ruby the Heartstealer for sex at one of his infamous "bunga bunga" parties . The court also found the former... More »

Women Dressed as Obama at Berlusconi's Parties

Ruby Heartstealer reveals what went on inside his private disco

(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... More »

George Clooney Named as Berlusconi Witness

Star says he wasn't at Italian PM's 'bunga bunga' party

(Newser) - Coming soon to an Italian courtroom: The Berlusconi Bunga Bunga Trial, starring George Clooney, Silvio Berlusconi, a former belly dancer, and dozens of starlets and showgirls. Clooney is among the 214 defense witnesses to be called at the former Italian prime minister's trial on charges that he paid an... More »

Berlusconi Admits Giving Teen $63K

But it was for salon 'hair removal' equipment, not sex, he says

(Newser) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has admitted paying $63,000 to the erotic dancer he's charged with bedding when she was a minor. But he insists it wasn't for sex. He merely wanted to help her equip her planned beauty salon with hair removal equipment, says the 74-year-old leader. "... More »

George Clooney May Testify at Berlusconi Trial

Prime minister's attorneys include him, girlfriend on witness list

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi wants a high-profile witness for the defense: George Clooney. The Italian prime minister's lawyers have included the actor and his girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis, on their wish list of witnesses for Berlusconi's prostitution trial, reports Bloomberg . The PM is accused of paying an underage model for sex and then... More »

Berlusconi's 'Ruby' Speaks, Demands Money

'I WANT TO BE COMPENSATED' for suffering, teen writes

(Newser) - The teen at the heart of the latest sex scandal to ensnare Silvio Berlusconi said she deserves to be paid for the suffering she has endured. Dancer Karima el-Mahroug, aka "Ruby," says she's been "treated as a prostitute by all the Italian and foreign media," she... More »

Prosecutors Call for Berlusconi Sex Trial

Judge asked to grant fast-track trial

(Newser) - Italian prosecutors have filed a request for Premier Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial for alleged abuse of power and sex with an underage prostitute . Authorities are seeking an immediate trial. A judge now has five days to decide whether to indict the 74-year-old leader or dismiss the request, allowing investigations... More »

Inside Berlusconi's 'Bunga Bunga' Room

Prosecutors bare details: stripper pole, nurses' uniforms, and more

(Newser) - The reports of Silvio Berlusconi's activities just got a little more colorful. The Telegraph shares details contained within a 389-page investigation assembled by prosecutors, which exposes the sordid goings-on at the leader's alleged sex parties. They reportedly involved a "bunga bunga" room with sofas and a pole for strip... More »

Berlusconi on Sex Charges: 'I'd Have to Be Superman'

Joke fails to amuse his party

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi attempted to make light of the prostitution scandal swirling around him at a recent meeting of his People of Freedom Party, telling his allies that the charges couldn’t possibly be true. Not because he's a paradigm of morality, but because “I’d be better than Superman... More »

Teen: Berlusconi Gave Me $9K

...but Ruby Heartstealer maintains there was 'absolutely' no sex

(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... More »

Berlusconi a Suspect in Teen Prostitute Case

Could face 15 years in prison

(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... More »

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