Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' parties featured nuns and nurses but no sex

Last Updated: Sun, May 19, 2013 08:50 hrs

The exotic dancer, who was at the center of Silvio Berlusconi's sex trial, revealed at her first court appearance that young women wore nun and nurse costumes to perform "sensual" dances at his "bunga bunga" parties.

Karima El Mahroug said that she often received envelopes filled with notes of 500 euros from the former Italian prime minister, but asserted that the money was not in return for sex, the Age reported.

Nicole Minetti, a showgirl and one of the many women who attended the raunchy parties, was launched into politics with Berlusconi's backing.

Mahroug told the court in Milan that at one occasion Minetti dressed up in sexy nurse and nun outfits and she stripped down to her underwear while dancing.

Some other showgirls wore wigs and lawyers' gowns to mimic Ilda Boccassini who is the main prosecutor in the media tycoon's sex trial.

The belly dancer insisted in the court that at one of the "bunga bunga" parties a model, Marystelle Polanco, danced while wearing a Barack Obama facemask.

She said that the girls performed sensual pole dances and stripteases for Berlusconi in flashy clothes, but he never touched them.

The Moroccan nightclub dancer added that there was a "pole for dancing" in what he described as his "bunga bunga room", which was a cellar with a brick ceiling beneath his villa.

Mahroug was testifying at the court for the trial, separate to Berlusconi's, of three people accused of procuring prostitutes for him - Minetti, Lele Mora, a bankrupt talent scout and TV host Emilio Fede- each of whom deny the charges.

The Italian politician, who denies any wrongdoing on his part, is accused of abusing his office and paying for sex with Mahroug, who was an underage prostitute then. (ANI)

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