Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s faces yet further allegations into his private life. If a Milan court finds him guilty of paying for sex with a minor he risks prison and an ignominious end to his politiical career. He went on television on Sunday to deny the charges being levelled against him.
“It’s absurd to even think that I would pay to have sex with a woman. It’s something that has never happened even once in my life. I would consider it degrading for my dignity.”
Yet it seems Berlusconi was happy to pay then 17-year old Ruby Rubacuori handsomely for attending one of his lavish parties, and then allegedly lied to police who had arrested her on a theft charge, claiming she was related to Egypt’s president.
No charge for that offence has yet been brought, but it could prove damaging. She denies sleeping with Berlusconi, insisting he was merely being generous after hearing she had financial problems.
The weekend’s biggest surprise was Berlusconi claiming he had been in a steady relationship since separating from his wife in 2009, which for a man constantly in the spotlight he has managed to keep remarkably quiet. Her identity remains unknown.