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Witness: Women Dressed Up As Obama At Berlusconi 'Bunga Bunga' Parties

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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Apparently former Italian Prime Minister and “bunga bunga” party thrower Silvio Berlusconi is a big Obama fan. Such a fan, even, that he likes his women dressed like him.

Testifying in Berlusconi’s ongoing sex scandal trial today, former Berlusconi party girl Karima el-Mahroug said women dressed up as nuns, nurses, and yes, Obama, at the prime ministers now-infamous parties.

El-Mahroug, you may remember, is at the heart of the Berlusconi trial. Prosecutors claim Berlusconi paid Mahroug for sex when the she was only 17, an accusation that both of them deny.

Mahroug denies any wrongdoing in the case, but there are some questionable details surrounding the story. It was revealed that Mahroug frequently received 2,000-3,000 Euros ($2600-$3900) just for attending the parties. Mahroug even admitted to receiving a 30,000 pound payment from Berlusconi at one point. With so much money changing hands, investigators want to know what Mahroug was doing for Belusconi to be paid as she was.

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When the presiding judge pressed Mahroug about wiretaps in which she appears to refer to acts of prostitution, Mahroug responded bluntly by calling her recorded statements “stupid things.” Mahroug used the same phrase when questioned about whether she accepted a 5 million euro payment from Berlusconi, an event he claims never happened.

Berlusconi and three of his associates, Emilio Fede, Nicole Minetti, and Dario “Lele” Mora, are being accused of recruiting women for prostitution and abetting prostitution, including of a minor. Though Mahroug denies ever having sex at the parties, she did say the girls got a little racy with the former PM.

“The girls who were dressed in costumes approached him in a sensual way as they danced. They raised their skirts,” El-Mahroug said in court. “I never saw contact.”

The trial is likely nearing a verdict and will reconvene on May 24. If convicted, Berlusconi and his crew could face up to 12 years in prison. 

Sources: Newser, Washington Post