Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Boyfriend denies Ruby a prostitute

English
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(ANSA) - Milan, October 12 - Karima 'Ruby' El Mahroug, the
young Moroccan belly dancer at the centre of a sex scandal
involving ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, has never engaged in
prostitution, her current boyfriend told a Milan court on
Friday.
Luca Risso, a nightclub owner from Genoa, was testifying in
a trial against three people for allegedly supplying Berlusconi
with prostitutes for alleged sex parties at his villa at Arcore
near Milan.
Ruby ''was not a prostitute, she has never engaged in
prostitution activities,'' he told the court.
''She is a girl who, when I met her, told a lot of lies,
big lies.
''She never invented that she was a prostitute, she
invented false boyfriends such as (soccer players) Cristiano
Ronaldo and (Marco) Borriello and false adoptions,'' he added.
Risso also told the court that Ruby had taken money from
Berlusconi, although he didn't know how much.
He added that she said she hadn't enjoyed the evenings,
telling him there had also been stripteases.
Risso also claimed he had seen the name Mubarak on El
Mahroug's passport.
This is a key issue in a separate trial where Berlusconi is
accused of having sex with Ruby, an alleged underage prostitute,
and allegedly using his influence to cover it up while claiming
she was the niece of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.
The Italian parliament last year backed up Berlusconi's
claim that he was performing his official duties, and not
abusing his office, because he was trying to avoid a diplomatic
incident with Egypt.
Paying for sex with a minor carries a jail term of three
years and abuse of office 12 years.
In the trial being heard Friday bankrupt ex-talent scout
Lele Mora, Lombardy regional councillor and Berlusconi's former
dental hygienist Nicole Minetti and retired television anchor
Emilio Fede are charged with inducing and favouring
prostitution, including underage prostitution, in connection
with the supposed sex parties.
Prosecutors say Berlusconi had sex with 33 prostitutes at
his villa over the course of several months.

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