Berlusconi denies paying teen for sex, says he’s in ‘stable’ relationship
London: Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has denied allegations that he paid a teenager for sex, saying that he has no need to as he is enjoying a “stable, affectionate relationship” with one woman.
Berlusconi, 74, is under investigation on suspicion of paying Moroccan dancer Karima el-Mahroug for sex at his mansion near Milan when she was 17, which is an offence in Italy.
The Prime Minister, who has previously described himself as single, claims that he has been secretly dating a woman, who he did not name, since the breakdown of his marriage in 2009.
“This person has obviously been with me rather often, including – and I underline this – on those evenings and certainly would not have allowed, at dinner or after dinner, those absurd goings-on that certain newspapers have hypothesised,” the Guardian quoted him as saying.
Witnesses have reportedly told investigators that topless women dressed as nurses and police officers performed stripteases for Berlusconi in the “bunga bunga” room at his mansion during parties held in 2010 and vied with each other to be asked to stay the night.