Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
MILAN

'Ruby' sex procurement trial continues in Milan

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Milan, November 9 - A retired TV anchorman and
close friend of Silvio Berlusconi made his first appearance in a
Milan court on Friday to follow a prostitution procurement trial
in which he is indicted together with two others.
Emilio Fede, bankrupt ex-talent scout Lele Mora and
ex-Lombardy regional councillor and the ex premier's former
dental hygienist Nicole Minetti must answer to charges of
favouring prostitution, including underage prostitution, in
connection with alleged sex parties hosted by Berlusconi at his
villa at Arcore near Milan.
One of the alleged prostitutes at the centre of the case is
Karima 'Ruby' El Mahroug, a Moroccan-born belly dancer who was
underage at the time.
Fede told journalists that he had ''come to the courthouse
as a reporter, to see what is going on'', adding that he would
not be speaking at the Friday hearing.
During the proceedings Elisa Toti, a presenter on
Berlusconi's private television network Mediaset, told the court
that she has been receiving 2,500 euros a month from the
ex-premier since January 2011.
''Berlusconi also helped me by lending me a deposit on a
house and he is also helping me to pay the bank guarantee on
that house,'' she said.
Toti also said she had seen Berlusconi handing envelopes of
cash to girls at Arcore on some evenings but denied that this
was payment for sexual favours.
''It was assistance, he always helped everyone,'' she said.
Prosecutors say Berlusconi had sex with 33 prostitutes at
his villa over the course of several months and in a separate
trial the ex premier stands accused of paying for sex with Ruby
after several of the parties and allegedly coercing police into
releasing her after an unrelated theft claim to hush up the
fact.
Both Berlusconi and Ruby have denied the charges.

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