Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Italian Premier Berlusconi's Trial Is Set for April 6; Charged with Paying for Sex with Underage Dancer

A judge ruled today (February 15, 2011) that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be tried on charges that he paid for sex with an underage nightclub dancer and then tried to cover it up, according to the New York Daily News website.

The trial will begin April 6, said Italian Judge Cristina DiCenso.

The 74-year-old playboy politician is suspected of trying to hide evidence on meetings he allegedly had with Moroccan exotic dancer Ruby Rubacuori -- nicknamed Ruby the Heart Stealer -- between February and May last year. She was 17 at the time.

Last November, Ruby told an Italian newspaper that she only paid one visit to the billionaire prime minister in February 2010. She said Berlusconi showered her with gifts, including a diamond necklace, an Audi R8 sports car, and $9,700 in cash.

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