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Berlusconi's 'Ruby' Speaks, Demands Money

'I WANT TO BE COMPENSATED' for suffering, teen writes
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2011 5:41 PM CST

(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 wrote in email to the AP. "I WANT TO BE COMPENSATED for having been hurt so much and all the gold in the world would not be enough," she wrote, before asking for $20,000 to do a TV interview. "I don't do anything for nothing." AP doesn't pay for interviews and turned her down. Click for more on the scandal. (Read more Morocco stories.)

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