George Clooney Berlusconi. George Clooney could testify in Silvio Berlusconi’s sex trial charges. The Prime Minister is accused of paying an underage prostitute for sex.
The actor’s Italian girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis, and two female Italian cabinet ministers were also cited as witnesses for the trial, which begins April 6. Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna and Education Minister Maria Stella Gelmini would be able to testify on the “code of conduct” at dinner parties hosted by Berlusconi. They were at his Arcore residence near Milan, the lawyers said in a document submitted to judicial authorities.
The premier’s lawyers have described his dinner parties as “elegant” affairs where guests listened to Berlusconi’s song performances and watched football on television. Prosecutors allege the premier’s parties involved sex orgies, including those attended by 18-year-old Moroccan go-go dancer Karima El Mahroug, who is at the center of the case against the 74-year-old conservative premier.
Berlusconi is charged with paying El Mahroug for sex in 2010, when she was 17 years old. Prosecutors also accuse the premier of abusing the powers of his office by intervening on El Mahroug’s behalf when she was briefly held by police on suspicion of theft. Berlusconi and El Mahroug have denied ever having sex with each other. If he is convicted he could face up to 15 years in prison.
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