Clooney to tes­tify in Ber­lus­coni sex trial

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

GE­ORGE Cloone yand Port-uguese foot-baller Cris­tiano Ron­aldo c o ul d tes­tify in Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Sil­vio Ber­lus-coni’s de­fence in his up­com­ing sex trial.

Clooney and his girl­friend Elis­a­betta Canalis, ac­cord­ing to the de­fence, were among those who at­tended par­ties at Ber­lus­coni’s villa at Ar­core which the pros­e­cu­tion says was the scene of or­gies and strip-shows with pros­ti­tutes.

The 74-year-old premier is to stand trial on April 6 for al­legedly hav­ing paid pole dancer Karima El Mahroug, nick­named ‘‘ Ruby the Heart Stealer’’, for sex when she was 17.

‘‘We have pro­posed Ge­orge Clooney as a wit­ness,’’ the lawyer said. ‘‘ Ruby says both Clooney and Canalis were at a party at Ar­core.’’

Clooney is­sued a state­ment ex­press­ing puz­zle­ment.

‘‘ It seems odd since I’ve only met Ber­lus­coni once . . . in an at­tempt to get aid into Dar­fur,’’ he said.

The volup­tuous dark­haired dancer told in­ves­ti­gat­ing judges she had sex with Real Madrid player Ron­aldo.

The cur­rent trial is cen­tred on al­le­ga­tions that Ber­lus­coni not only paid for sex with Ruby but im­prop­erly used his power as prime min­is­ter by ask­ing po­lice to re­lease her af­ter she was ar­rested for sus­pected theft in May. Both Ruby and the PM de­nied a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship.

The Mi­lan judges may de­cide to refuse to hear the de­fence’s wit­nesses if they de­cide their tes­ti­mony is not rel­e­vant.



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