'Bunga bunga' girls deny selling sex at Berlusconi parties
MORE than 30 models and showgirls who were allegedly recruited for Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" sex parties have denied being prostitutes, at the start of a trial in Milan.
The 32 women applied to be admitted to the trial yesterday as injured parties. Their lawyers claimed that the women's reputations had been damaged by the prosecution's allegations that they sold themselves for sex.
It was not a question of the women asking for money, but of wanting to protect their "honour", their lawyers said.
The trial centres on allegations that women were procured for Mr Berlusconi (75), by three of his associates.
Prosecutors insist the women took part in sex parties at Mr Berlusconi's mansion near Milan, in which they performed "stripteases and erotic dances" for the billionaire businessman.
Ambra Battilana and Chiara Danese, two teenage beauty queens, said they were so shocked by what they saw at one of the parties that they immediately asked to be taken home. The two women said that after media reports emerged about the party, they were labelled "escorts" in their home towns.
The trial was adjourned until January 20. (© Daily Telegraph, London)