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article imageClooney, Ronaldo may be called to testify in Berlusconi trial

By Leo Reyes     Nov 24, 2011 in Politics
Actor George Clooney and soccer star Cristiano Ronado may be called to testify in the upcoming trial of former Italian Prime Minister Sylvio Berlusconi, who recently stepped down from power over the country's debt crises and economic dislocation
The Italian Prime Minister is being charged of paying for sex at least 13 times with a Moroccan underage dancer Karima el Mahroug, nicknamed "Ruby Heartstealer."
Prosecutors allege Berlusconi abused his position by using his power and influence to get Mahroug out of jail in which she was being held for theft.
Berlusconi, who is also facing multiple charges of corruption and other cases during his watch, denies the charges.
Using the services of prostitutes is not a crime in Italy, but paying for sex with a girl under the age of 18 is illegal. Berlusconi has denied ever paying for sex, let alone with Ruby, who only turned 18 in November 2010.
In her earlier statement, el-Mahroug said she never had sex with the Prime Minister. She also said she lied about her age.
Clooney and Ronaldo have been invited by the then Prime Minister as witnesses in the trial to confirm or deny if they were indeed present during a party attended by Berlusconi and to comment on what transpired during that party.
"Clooney said he had indeed dined with Berlusconi and that it was "one of the more astonishing evenings of my life," CNN wrote.
He went to see him at his palazzo in Rome to lobby him about the situation in Darfur. But, Clooney said cryptically, it "became a very different evening than anyone thought", Clooney was quoted to have said in the report.
In the case of Ronaldo, el Mahroug alleges she spent a night in a hotel with Ronaldo and dined at Berlusconi's home with Clooney.
Ronaldo denied any involvement with the then-underage girl.
It is not the first time that the premier has been mired in a sex scandal. But he now faces three years in prison if found guilty of paying minors for sex, and from six to twelve years for abuse of power.
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