London: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hosted prostitution parties at his Milan villa and paid women with favours and cash, prosecutors at his trial said.
However, Berlusconi, on trial for paying to have sex with an underage prostitute, Karima El Mahroug, said that he never had to pay for “intimate relations,” the BBC reported.
Both he and Mahroug - better known by her stage name “Ruby Heartstealer” - have denied ever having sex.
A verdict in the trial is expected later this month.
Prosecutor Antonio Sangermano said that the parties organised at the villa in Arcore, north-east of Milan, were the “expression of a tried and tested prostitution system organised to satisfy the sexual pleasure of Silvio Berlusconi, and of which the young Moroccan girl was completely a part.”
In his closing arguments, he said that the parties involved dinner, erotic dancing and then sex between aspiring television starlets and the invited guests.
Berlusconi said that he was “a bit surprised and amused” at the “imaginative” description of his “infamous dinners”.