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Berlusconi's porn star politician calls her role 'erotic'

Nick Squires Rome

Published 08/02/2013 | 04:00

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Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi

A female member of former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi's party, who is contesting this month's general election, starred in a pornographic film, it has emerged.

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Fiorella Ceccacci Rubino is one of a long line of actresses, models and showgirls who have been propelled into politics under the patronage of the billionaire tycoon (pictured). He famously appointed a former men's magazine model as minister for equal opportunities in his last government.

Ms Rubino appeared naked in a film directed by Tinto Brass, a well known Italian director of erotic movies.

She insisted she had nothing to be ashamed of, having starred in the film 15 years ago.

In it, she appears naked in a bathroom, sitting on a lavatory with her legs open and later lapping milk from a saucer on the floor like a cat. She said it was not a pornographic movie but "an erotic monologue".

Ms Rubino has been an MP for seven years, but the revelation that she acted in the film only emerged yesterday.

She insisted she had been chosen in 2006 as a candidate by Mr Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party on merit, not because of her looks or her acting endeavours.

"In Tinto Brass's films there are always scenes that are very, very explicit. But why do we have to discuss this? It is being exploited for political purposes," she told 'La Repubblica' newspaper.

"Just because I worked with Tinto Brass, does that mean I should not be in parliament?"

She said she had performed Shakespeare and Chekhov and that it was wrong to compare her to La Cicciolina, a Hungarian-born porn star who became an MP for Italy's Radical Party and made political speeches with her breasts exposed.

She conceded that "beautiful women always cause problems" for Mr Berlusconi's centre-Right party, which is contesting the election in alliance with the separatist Northern League. But she added: "I have nothing to be ashamed of."

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