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I'm the dream of all Italians, Berlusconi told €10,000 escort

Nick Pisa in Rome

Published 29/11/2010 | 05:00

Nadia Macri (right) says Silvio Berlusconi introduced himself as ‘the
dream of Italians’ when he first phoned her. Photo: Reuters
Nadia Macri (right) says Silvio Berlusconi introduced himself as ‘the dream of Italians’ when he first phoned her. Photo: Reuters

An escort who claims she was paid €10,000 to spend two nights with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has alleged that his parties were "full of young girls".

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Nadia Macri (28) claimed that she was called personally by Mr Berlusconi (74) and invited to a party he was hosting and that he described himself as "the dream of all Italians".

She said she could not go into details of the nights she spent with the prime minister as they were the subject of an investigation by prosecutors.

The divorced mother of one first came under the spotlight last month when she claimed to have been paid to have sexual intercourse with Mr Berlusconi and that "girls had queued up for him" in his swimming pool.

She had also claimed in her leaked statements that soft drugs had been available at the parties, but she never saw Mr Berlusconi take any.

Yesterday, during a television interview, she gave the first full account of the "bunga bunga" parties at Mr Berlusconi's residences in Arcore near Milan and at Villa Certosa in Sardinia.

"There were lots of young girls," she said. "I think they were minors but we didn't speak to each other as we were told not to talk.

"I gave my number to Berlusconi's secretary, I can't remember her name. She was his organiser and she said I would be called again. I was called on my mobile by Berlusconi.

"He said 'I am the dream of Italians'. I said, 'Who is this?' and he said 'It's the prime minister of Italy'. It was a beautiful moment to get to know him."

Speaking of the parties she said: "The girls were young and it didn't sit easy with me. It reminded me of the Noemi Letizia episode and I remember thinking, 'So there are young girls?'"

Controversy

Last year, Mr Berlusconi was involved in controversy after it emerged that he had attended the 18th birthday party of Ms Letizia, an underwear model, without fully explaining his relationship with her.

Ms Macri claimed that she was invited to the Berlusconi parties after being approached by a man in Milan.

"He asked if I wanted to make some money by meeting important people. He said I could earn €5,000 by meeting important people like the prime minister."

Ms Macri said the man turned out to be the chief bodyguard of Lela Mora, a showbusiness agent who is under investigation for supplying prostitutes. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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