Silvio Berlusconi, 85, ‘used women as sex slaves’ at his infamous ‘bunga bunga’ parties, court hears
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi used women as “sex slaves” when he staged his infamously wild “bunga bunga” parties at his villa during his time in office, a court has heard.
Media tycoon Berlusconi, 85, who was prime minister three times and met multiple times with Tony Blair and Russian President Vladimir Putin, was also said to have had sex with a teenage Moroccan dancer who was one of his invited.
He is currently on trial accused of bribing the girls not to inform the authorities about the parties, which would have led to his being charged and released.
Berlusconi always called the parties “innocent and elegant affairs”, but witnesses have spoken of wild orgies with guests dressed as nuns and performing lap dances for Berlusconi and his cronies.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi used women as ‘sex slaves’ when he staged his infamously wild ‘bunga bunga’ parties at his villa during his time in office, a court has heard.
The 85-year-old media mogul Berlusconi, who was prime minister three times and met Tony Blair several times, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin, is said to have had sex with a teenage Moroccan dancer, Karima El- Mahroug, known as ‘Ruby the Heartstealer’ (pictured)
There was outrage in Italy last year at the prospect of the disgraced and scandal-plagued former prime minister becoming head of state, something that never materialized (pictured: protesters holding banners reading “El Quirinale ( the presidential palace in Rome) is not for bunga bunga” in reference to Berlusconi’s infamous sex parties
The on-and-off trial has been going on in Milan for eight years with frequent stops over Berlusconi’s failing health and the sudden death of one of the key witnesses, model Imane Fadil.
In 2013, Berlusconi had originally been convicted of paying for sex with Karima El-Mahroug, the Moroccan belly dancer, also known as Ruby The Heartstealer.
Just 17 at the time of the parties and considered a minor under Italian law: Berlusconi was sentenced to seven years in jail, but the following year the verdict was overturned on appeal after his lawyers successfully argued that there was no evidence that he knew of her. actual age.
His current trial stems from the 2013 trial after it was alleged that witnesses had been paid to remain silent.
In her summary, prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano said: “The facts have already passed into history, the prime minister used to systematically liven up his nightly entertainments by hosting groups of odalisques, paid sex slaves, in his house.”
She added: ‘Berlusconi is Putin’s former friend and now an old man. He was a sultan in his own harem. A very rich and powerful man, a prime minister who was accompanied by friends like Putin, who is now bringing the world to its knees.
He paid for the silence of the witnesses with money, houses, cars and horses, all the human merchandise you can imagine. What happened at the time at these parties was morally questionable and unbelievable.
‘A horrible violence that our time looks at with disgust, to the detriment of very young girls, some even minors, without tools to protect themselves from predators of all kinds.
‘Perhaps because I am a mother, I feel and know that youth must be protected.’
Ms Siciliano also mentioned the tragic death of Imane in 2019, who had testified against Berlusconi in his first trial and who died suddenly at the age of just 33.
The on-and-off trial has been going on in Milan for eight years with frequent stops over Berlusconi’s failing health and the sudden death of one of the key witnesses, model Imane Fadil (Berlusconi pictured speaking to media in December)
The phrase ‘bunga bunga’ entered popular culture ten years ago when investigations into Berlusconi’s wild parties began, with witnesses describing how the former Italian prime minister (right) had taught the phrase to former friend and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi (left).
Moroccan model Imane Fadil in a court in Milan, northern Italy, on November 13, 2014. She was a key prosecution witness in the underage prostitution trials involving former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, but died suddenly at the age of 33 years.
She said: ‘Imane was a beautiful and truly hurt girl who had been crushed by the system. She was afraid because she had perceived how dangerous and powerful was the walk that accompanied her until her death.
‘Imane however, had a deep desire for justice in the face of these crimes and we must never forget people like her.’
Milan prosecutors initially opened an investigation into her death after she was found to have unusually high levels of the metals cadmium, chromium and antimony and it was feared she had been poisoned, but a subsequent autopsy ruled out a crime and her death was suffocated. her to a serious illness.
The phrase ‘bunga bunga’ entered popular culture ten years ago when investigations into Berlusconi’s wild parties began, with witnesses describing how former Libyan friend and dictator Muammar Gaddafi had taught the Italian prime minister the phrase.
Berlusconi and his legal team deny all bribery allegations and a verdict is expected later this month.
Earlier this year, Berlusconi celebrated a “symbolic wedding” with a woman 53 years his junior.
In March, images emerged of the 85-year-old enjoying a lavish ‘festival of love’ with Marta Fascina, 32, a deputy at her Forza Italia party, at a historic property called Villa Gernetto in the northern town of Lesmo. from Milan.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 85, celebrates a ‘symbolic wedding’ with his 32-year-old parliamentarian girlfriend
In this image posted on Facebook in January, 85-year-old former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (right) looks 32-year-old Marta Fascina, an MP from his Forza Italia party, in the eye, wishing her a happy birthday.
It marks the latest declaration of love between Berlusconi and Fascina, after the former prime minister published photos of the pair gazing longingly at each other amid Fascina’s birthday celebrations in January.
The ceremony closely resembled a wedding, but the couple were not officially married due to an inheritance dispute between the families.
Berlusconi’s five adult children were believed to be outraged by their father’s intention to marry Fascina, which would have entitled him to claim the 85-year-old’s more than £5bn fortune.
Seemingly undeterred by health problems, sex scandals and advancing age, Berlusconi proceeded to the ceremony alongside his girlfriend, which was designed as a “festival of love” rather than an official union.
Fascina is Berlusconi’s latest romantic conquest after he broke off his previous relationship with Francesca Pascale in 2020, who at the ripe old age of 34 was simply too old for him.