Silvio Berlusconi was “crazy” about the teenage exotic dancer who allegedly had sex with the former prime minister and promised to pay her 5 million euros (£4 million) to buy her silence, according to leaked telephone intercepts.
Karima El Mahroug, better known by her stage name Ruby the Heart Stealer, is heard telling a friend in October 2010 that she and her lawyer had requested 5 million euros and that Mr Berlusconi had accepted their demand…
The audio conversation published by Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, on its website, is one of several recorded by police for Milan prosecutors between October 26 – 28 2010, after news broke that the then 17-year-old was among the guests at the ex-premier’s ‘bunga bunga’ parties at his luxury mansion outside Milan…
The billionaire politician, who resigned in November, is on trial in Milan on charges of paying for sex with Miss El Mahroug whom prosecutors allege was working as a prostitute.
He is also accused of abuse of office by pressuring police in Milan to release her from custody after she was arrested on suspicion of stealing cash and jewellery from a flat mate.
In another conversation recorded on October 28 2010, Miss El Mahroug is heard telling a friend named only as Antonella how excited she is…
“Silvio called me yesterday saying ‘Ruby how much money do you want?,” Miss El Mahroug says in the conversation.
“I will pay you whatever you want, I will dress you in gold but it ‘s important you hide everything. Do not say anything to anyone…”
Witnesses have described starlets and showgirls performing stripteases, which were held at the former prime minister’s villa at Arcore.
The parties were nothing more than “elegant dinners”, he said, repeating a defence that he has used ever since the scandal broke two years ago.
The trial continues.
You must wonder how the patience of Italian voters lasted this long. The corruption of a society by a multi-millionaire who controls much of the Italian press and TV is damning enough. Voters and elected officials allowed this manipulation of society to continue unchecked for years.
When will Italy rise up at the polls and kick out the thugs and sycophants who supported his reign for so long?