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Berlusconi's Bunga-Bunga Strippers Dressed Up as Barack Obama, Says Bellydancer Ruby
International Business Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | Timur Moon

Posted on 05/18/2013 10:28:33 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

Berlusconi's Bunga-Bunga Strippers Dressed Up as Barack Obama, Says Bellydancer Ruby

Silvio Berlusconi's infamous "bunga-bunga" parties featured strippers dressed as US President Obama as well as the more conventional fare of nuns and nurses, according to court testimony by the Moroccan woman at the centre of the scandal.

Karima el-Mahroug, 20, was giving evidence at the trial of three former aides to Berlusconi who are accused of procuring her and other women for prostitution.

El-Mahroug, a former bellydancer, said she attended about half a dozen parties, using her nickname Ruby. One each occasion, Berlusconi had handed her an envelope containing up to €3,000 (£2,500), she told the court.

She later received a lump sum of €30,000 (£25,000) in cash from Berlusconi, which was paid to her through an intermediary, she said. She had told Berlusconi she wanted to use the money to open a beauty salon, despite having no formal training.

But she denied that Berlusconi had ever given her €5 million (£4.3m), admitting she had said that to acquaintances, and even her father, "as a boast", but that it was a self-aggrandising lie.

El-Mahroug, dubbed "Ruby the Heartstealer" in the Italian press, denied having worked as a prostitute, and both she and Berlusconi deny having had sex.

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.

The three aides - Emilio Fede, an executive in Berlusconi's media empire; Nicole Minetti, a former dental hygienist, showgirl and local politician, and talent agent Dario "Lele" Mora - are accused of procuring women for prostitution at the parties and abetting prostitution, including of a minor. They deny the charges.

Dressed soberly with her hair pulled back, el-Mahroug said she first made contact with Berlusconi's inner circle when she participated in a beauty contest organised by Fede in Sicily when she was 16.

Fede later invited her to a dinner party at Berlusconi's villa outside Milan, held on Valentine's Day in February 2010, where she met the premier.

That night Berlusconi gave her the envelope of cash, saying it was "a little help" and asked for her telephone number, which she gave him.

At that party, she introduced herself as Ruby and told other guests, again untruthfully, that she was Egyptian, that her mother was a famous Arab singer and that she was related to then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. She was 17 at the time but passed herself off as older, she told the court.

El-Mahroug confirmed previous testimony by other witnesses that at some of the parties, female guests dressed up as nuns to dance for Berlusconi, before stripping down to their underwear.

The parties took place in a private disco at Berlusconi's villa, equipped with a lap-dancing pole, el-Mahroug told the court.

El-Mahroug said Minetti had dressed up like a nun at the Valentine's Day party, before lifting her costume to show off her legs as she danced in Berlusconi's in-house disco.

Demonstrating to the court how Minetti hitched up her hemline, she said Minetti eventually stripped down to her lingerie.

Another young woman dressed up alternately as Obama and a Milan magistrate who is leading the prosecution against Berlusconi in the sex scandal, donning the red wig and the black robes worn by magistrates in Italy.

"The girls who were dressed in costumes approached him in a sensual way as they danced. They raised their skirts," said el-Mahroug, adding: "I never saw contact."

However, her credibility came under serious doubt. Pressed by the judge on wiretaps in which she appears to refer to acts of prostitution, she said her statements were just "stupid things".

She had used the same phrase to explain away her earlier financial boasts.

Berlusconi is said to have been introduced to the concept of bunga-bunga - an obscure African ritual involving nude women and erotic dance - by the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
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Karima el-Mahroug

Karima el-Mahroug told the court that she had attended about half a dozen parties at Berlusconi's villa outside Milan.

1 posted on 05/18/2013 10:28:33 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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2 posted on 05/18/2013 10:28:52 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Berlusconi should have dressed up as Obama and Karima el-Mahroug should have dressed up as the Statue of liberty.


3 posted on 05/18/2013 10:30:22 AM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: DogByte6RER
Statem,ent: "Berlusconi's Bunga-Bunga Strippers Dressed Up as Barack Obama, Says Bellydancer Ruby"

Response: I believe this statement as the wretch in the White House is a world wide joke!

4 posted on 05/18/2013 10:31:30 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Perdogg

How do you dress up like Obama, and where do you get ears that big?


5 posted on 05/18/2013 10:33:04 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: DogByte6RER

In his dreams.

6 posted on 05/18/2013 10:34:09 AM PDT by Slyfox (The red face of shame is proof that the conscience is still operational.)
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To: Slyfox

Now it all starts to make sense... :^)


7 posted on 05/18/2013 10:36:26 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Before it's all over, Obama may demand extradition to Kenya, because he was born there...)
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8 posted on 05/18/2013 10:37:59 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
From the Michelle's Secret catalogue::


9 posted on 05/18/2013 10:39:01 AM PDT by Slyfox (The red face of shame is proof that the conscience is still operational.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Maybe I just don’t get this but I don’t see how that would be a turn on in any way whatsoever...


10 posted on 05/18/2013 10:47:06 AM PDT by swampthang77
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ronald reagan photo: ronald reagan ronald.jpg "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." - Ronald Reagan
11 posted on 05/18/2013 10:47:47 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping


12 posted on 05/18/2013 10:48:33 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: mountn man
You can easily rent a pair:


13 posted on 05/18/2013 11:07:36 AM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Those crazy eyetalians.


14 posted on 05/18/2013 11:09:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DogByte6RER; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
I suffered; now you have to.


15 posted on 05/18/2013 11:17:46 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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16 posted on 05/18/2013 11:22:43 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thank you for the ping!

Had been struggling with diet, but now no appetite!

:-)


17 posted on 05/18/2013 11:40:50 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (God Bless America)
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18 posted on 05/18/2013 11:42:37 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: DogByte6RER; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; Lazamataz

19 posted on 05/18/2013 11:52:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: null and void
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20 posted on 05/18/2013 11:53:25 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: pax_et_bonum

What goes down, must come up.


21 posted on 05/18/2013 11:54:16 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Cute judge!


22 posted on 05/18/2013 12:07:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Who in their right mind would want to see strippers dressed as Baraq Obama?????


23 posted on 05/18/2013 12:09:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Malum Zambonifactum upon you!!


24 posted on 05/18/2013 12:39:35 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: carriage_hill

Those-aren’t-big-enough!!!


25 posted on 05/18/2013 12:42:28 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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You’re cursing me with an evil Zamboni?


27 posted on 05/18/2013 1:16:57 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BenLurkin

Who said the parties involved were in their right minds?


28 posted on 05/18/2013 1:18:01 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yes, it never rides straight, messes the ice up, and makes unholy noises.


29 posted on 05/18/2013 1:24:56 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: mountn man

Bigger ears require an FAA license; you’ll be airborne in a 35-50mph wind.


30 posted on 05/18/2013 4:21:04 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: carriage_hill

Can you imagine the noise going through that wind tunnel?


31 posted on 05/18/2013 4:33:51 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Send them cluster-bombs and napalm.


32 posted on 05/18/2013 4:35:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: mountn man
Not a very aerodynamic 'appliance', is it? I used to have a Mickey Mouse Club Cap, back in the 50s, but the ears weren't that big.


33 posted on 05/18/2013 5:12:00 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: DogByte6RER

The only way that woman would be associated with a prostitution scandal is by being the payer of funds for sexual favors, not the party receiving cash for sex. Ugggh.


34 posted on 05/18/2013 9:04:26 PM PDT by L,TOWM (No one in the US is free of the spirit of entitlement)
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