Full Disclosure: I think former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is a lecherous scumbag. The man has no soul, no moral compass. That said, I think his current trial is a farce. I want to know what you’d think if you were a member of the jury.
Silvio Berlusconi yesterday said he believed the then 17-year-old dancer, Karima El Mahroug, was really 24 when he was alleged to have paid her for sex in 2010. The 76-year-old former Italian leader made his claims in a Milan trial in which he is fighting charges of paying for sex with someone under age and abuse of office.
Mr Berlusconi told the court that ‘nothing vulgar or scandalous’ had ever occurred during parties at his villa in Acore, and that the now notorious phrase ‘bunga bunga’ stemmed from a joke someone had made.
Ms El-Mahroug who is widely known as Ruby Rubacuori (‘heart-stealer’) has always denied having sex with the prime minister when she was 17 – or being a prostitute. Prosecutors claim he had sex with her 13 times.
Okay, that is the gist of the story. Berlusconi is claiming he thought the 17-year old was 24. A photo of the woman is below the fold.
Okay, as a member of the jury, would you think Berlusconi’s claim holds water?
Personally, I’m voting Not Guilty. No way this woman looks 17. Thoughts?