Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018

Minetti says Berlusconi was 'true love'


(By Denis Greenan).
Milan, June 7 - Silvio Berlusconi's former dental
hygienist and ex-Lombardy regional councillor Nicole Minetti on
Friday revealed her relationship with the ex-premier she is
accused of pimping for had been "true love".
Minetti, 28, on trial with two others for allegedly
procuring young women including an alleged underage prostitute
known as Ruby, denied supplying girls for the 76-year-old
centre-right leader's alleged sex parties at his mansion outside
Milan and said their relationship had been "exclusive".
"I should like to stress that mine was a feeling of true
love for Silvio Berlusconi," she said.
"He started courting me in 2008 when I was at (Milan's) San
Raffaelle hospital. For me, our relationship was exclusive," she
Italian media had previously published uncorroborated
stories that Minetti, a former aspiring showgirl and now a
budding catwalk model, had been a girlfriend of the
politician-turned media magnate, who is separately on trial for
allegedly paying Ruby for sex and using his position as premier
to cover up their relationship.
Berlusconi, who faces a possible six-year sentence in that
trial, has had a new steady girlfriend, Francesca Pascale, since
he re-entered the political fray to take his conservative
alliance within a whisker of winning the February general
On trial with Minetti in the pimping trial are former
Berlusconi TV anchor Emilio Fede and bankrupt talent scout Lele
The prosecution has requested a seven-year jail term for the
Minetti also told the court that when Berlusconi phoned from
Paris to ask her to take Ruby home after telling police she was
former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's niece, she was "only
doing it for the girl's benefit".
The ex-Lombardy councillor, who took Ruby away with a
Brazilian prostitute, said she had been the target of an
"unprecedented hate campaign".
"I and my family have received death threats, which I urge
the police to investigate," she said.
Minetti also denied "running" a stable of more than 30 young
women who attended Berlusconi's so-called 'bunga bunga' parties
and allegedly had sex with him.
"The prosecution's theory is based on moralism," she said.
Minetti, whose mother is a British dance instructor in
Rimini, added that she did not miss politics after being forced
to stand down last year.
"I feel great," she said.
Berlusconi and Ruby deny having sex and say a
4.5-million-euro gift was to help her set up a beauty salon.
The ex-premier has said he felt sorry for the
then-17-year-old Ruby, a Moroccan-born nightclub dancer whose
real name is Karima El Mahroug, after she told him she had fled
an allegedly abusive Islam-enforcing father and also suffered in
youth shelters.
Also Friday two aspiring starlets sued for 400,000 euros in
damages a head because their promising careers had been blighted
by the prostitution case.
"We have been tainted as prostitutes and that has lost us a
slew of job opportunities," said Ambra Battilana e Chiara Danese
in a joint statement.
Fede, one of the other two defendants, sent the court a
letter supporting Berlusconi's claim the alleged sex parties had
been "decorous" affairs involving "no prostitution".

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