Teen posed naked on Berlusconi desk, says witness
THE former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi allowed a teenage belly dancer to pose for pictures naked on his desk, according to a guest at his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties who is expected to testify at his trial later this month.
Michelle Conceicao said she found the photographs of Karima El Mahroug, then aged 17, on her camera and they showed her "naked as mother nature intended", sprawled spread-eagled on the desk of the 75-year-old politician.
Ms Conceicao (36), a Brazilian, made her claims in an Italian newspaper interview in which she added that Ms El Mahroug, who is also known as 'Ruby the heart-stealer' had intended to use them as "blackmail against Berlusconi".
Ms Mahroug is said to have been paid for sex by Berlusconi when she was 17. The age of consent in Italy is 14 but paying a woman for sex who is under 18 carries a three-year jail term.
Last week, Ms Conceicao said that she had seen Mr Berlusconi "pay" Ms Mahroug €5,000 to go to bed with her and in a fresh interview with 'Il Fatto Quotidiano' she said: "On my camera I found pictures of Ruby sprawled naked on the desk of prime minister Berlusconi, the desk from which he gave his interviews, the one where behind you can see photos of his family.
"Ruby was there stretched out, naked as mother nature intended and with her legs apart. I told her she was mad and she said that the pictures were to blackmail him with and she just laughed." (© Daily Telegraph, London)