Woman describes Berlusconi’s ‘bunga bunga’ fests
By COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press May 17, 2013 9:58AM
Karima el-Mahroug, from Morocco, the woman at the center of a sex scandal involving former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, is seen in the witness stand at left as she testifies for the first time in the trial of three Berlusconi aides charged with recruiting her and other women for prostitution, in Milan's courthouse, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2013. El-Mahroug, known by the nickname Ruby Heart Stealer, has made carefully orchestrated statements to the media since the scandal broke but has never publicly given sworn testimony. Both she and Berlusconi deny having had sex. Prosecutors in Berlusconi's separate trial on charges of paying for sex with a minor and trying to cover it up say her testimony is unreliable and are relying on her sworn statements. Writing above judges reads in Italian "The law is equal for all."(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Updated: May 17, 2013 9:58AM
MILAN — Silvio Berlusconi’s private disco featured women dressed not just as sexy nuns and nurses but also as President Barack Obama and a prominent Milan prosecutor the former Italian premier has accused of persecuting him.
Those are some of the details that have emerged Friday during the first public sworn testimony by the Moroccan woman at the center of the sex scandal involving Berlusconi.
Karima el-Mahroug testified Friday at the trial of three former Berlusconi aides charged with recruiting her and other women for prostitution. They deny the charges. The trial is separate from the one in which Berlusconi is charged with paying for sex with a minor — el-Mahroug when she was 17 — and trying to cover it up.