Berlusconi investigated for complicity in prostitution
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated by prosecutors.
January 14th, 2011
07:27 AM ET

Berlusconi investigated for complicity in prostitution

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation for allegedly having sex with a teen-ager.

The dancer, identified as Karima El Mahrough and nicknamed Ruby, was 17 at the time of the alleged activity, from February till May.

The Milan prosecutor said Berlusconi is being probed for complicity in prostitution and abuse of power.

Milan prosecutors started the investigation of this case in December after the premier called police and urged the teen's release from prison. She had been arrested in May on charges of theft.

Prosecutors have summoned Berlusconi to answer questions in the probe.

They also sent police to search the home of Nicole Minetti, a member of his party and a Lombardy regional council member.

Berlusconi allegedly asked Minetti to serve as Ruby's tutor so the girl would be able to leave prison.

Minetti is under investigation for allegedly favoring and aiding juvenile prostitution, prosecutors said. The teen is now 18 and is considered an adult.

The premier has always denied having any involvement with any prostitutes or helping prostitution or having wild parties at this house.

This development emerges a day after Italy's Constitutional Court struck down key parts of a law that would protect Berlusconi from prosecution.

The law was designed to halt criminal proceedings against top government officials for 18 months on the grounds that they are too busy to appear in court.

But Italy's top court ruled that 18 months is too long, and it said that judges, not politicians, should be the ones to determine if a defendant is free to appear in court.

The law will automatically be modified to conform with the ruling when the Constitutional Court publishes its verdict.

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  1. hamada

    Its his personal choice if the girl had been 18 years or above. Pure form of religious bigotry in action!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    SO FREAKING WHAT. Amongst other things that should just be legal already...

    January 14, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. vizi

    another waste of public money

    January 14, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. jt

    What else is news!!!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lorenzo

    The girl was 17 and what happened it's NOT legal in Italy (same in France, Germany....). So It isn't a "pure form of religious bigotry".
    It's simply the law.

    January 14, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • jt

      I heard 19! Does that make a difference in Italy!

      January 14, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    I think ELIOT SPITZER, TIGER WOODS, CHARLIE, AND SILVIO HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. THEY ARE SO LUCKY THESE WOMEN HAVE NO AIDS!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • chase

      Stop acting like you know who used condoms with who.

      January 14, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. txboy

    If the girl is a minor, he is really screwed.

    January 14, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sharp

    Why are they letting underage girls dance in night clubs? Shouldn't you reasonably be able to expect that a girl dancing in such a place is of age?

    January 14, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • jimatmad

      Who said she is underage? The article says 'teenage'. The age of consent is 14 (!) in Italy, with some exceptions that wouldn't apply in this instance.

      January 14, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @Sharp, crooks and criminals are always breaking the laws to make their profits. However, Politicians and Celebrities should have known better that these ilicit activities will screw them.

      January 14, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      It would seem to a North American, that if she was underage, she should not have been in a place that serves alcohol without food.

      January 14, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • realworld

      jimatmad, if you read the second sentence, the article said 17 at the time of the alleged activity. There's a difference between age of consent and old enough to be dancing in a nightclub.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    He's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, not Reverand Silvio Berlusconi! Where does "religious bigotry" enter into this!

    If he has enough time to visit this girl and have relations with her, he has enough time to go to court to account for his actions.

    January 14, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kreczk

    What'sa matta yu..gotta no respecta....

    January 14, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sunsetman

    Bunga Bunga? Trials? Here is the way to defeat Silvio Berlusconi: http://betweentwosouths.blogspot.com/2011/01/berlusconi-how-to-defeat-him.html

    January 14, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Robert Agopian

    Berlusconi should have been ousted/caught a long time ago. This man is corrupt to the bone. The signs where all there. Every dog has his day, and now it's yours Berlusconi.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. cat

    as a prime minister why would he even look at a girl that age?

    January 14, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Jimmy

      If you have to ask that question you MUST be a women.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Peter

    Some things are just your way down.
    Finally he has to be judged and put down jacob's ladder forever....

    January 14, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Jimmy

      Wow very biblical aren't we. Let's step down off are high horses shall we.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Jimmy

      Or step down off our high ladders,lol.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Giovanni

    There are a thousand good reasons to get Berlusconi out–to begin with, the man is a clown who thinks he can get away with anything through power and money. If this nonsense with "Ruby the Ho" was his only fault it would be one thing, but.....

    January 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
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