Secondo il Mail George Clooney e Cristiano Ronaldo sarebbero stati iscritti nel registro dei testimoni della difesa dal premier Silvio Berlusconi assieme a Elisabetta Canalis, Aida Yespica, Belen Rodriguez, Franco Frattini ed una settantina di persone del suo “giro”. Il capo‘ sta’ chiamando a rapporto i “dipendenti” per una estrema prova di fedelta’. Oltretutto se il tribunale riterra’ necessaria la loro presenza, saranno costretti a presentarsi, pena il pagamento di 200 euro…
Hollywood star George Clooney and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo have been sensationally listed as defence witnesses in controversial Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s “bunga bunga’’ sex trial it emerged today/yesterday. The Ocean’s actor and Real Madrid striker are among 78 people who are named and they also include Clooney’s Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, as well as several other prominent TV personalities. These include Venezuelan beauty Aida Yespica, Argentinian showgirl Belen Rodriguez and senior government officials including foreign minister Franco Frattini who was in London for today’s Libya talks. A source on Berlusconi’s defence team said: ’George Clooney is one of several people we have included on our list of witnesses as part of our case. ‘The list includes several personalities as well as cabinet ministers and they will all testify and prove that the prime minister is innocent of the ludicrous allegations made against him.’ The case against Berlusconi centres on Moroccan belly dancer Karima El Mahroug, 18, who was said to have been paid for sex by Berlusconi when she was just 17 years old. In interviews she later claimed that among guests as Berlusconi’s parties were Clooney and Canalis and the defence aim is to call them and dismiss the suggestions and portray the teenager as “confused.” Clooney, who has a home on the shores of Lake Como near Milan, has been a guest at a fund raising dinner hosted by Berlusconi but there is no suggestion he was involved in anything untoward.
Clooney said: ‘It seems odd since I’ve only met Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur.’
Last month Miss El Mahroug also claimed to have had sex with Ronaldo for cash and that she then poured champagne over his head after she felt she was mistreated by him. The allegation was immediately denied by the footballer as “totally false”, saying that he had never met her and that during the time Miss El Mahroug claims that he was with her “I did not even go to Milan, a fact that can be easily proven”. A judge will now decide if Clooney, Ronaldo and the others on the list are relevant and should be officially called to testify – up until now they would have had no idea although Miss Canalis is thought to have given defence lawyers a statement in connection with the case. If they are confirmed then they will receive official notification from the court and will be expected to attend a future hearing when called – if they doesn’t then they could be fined 200 Euro. It would not be the first time that Clooney has appeared in court in Milan – last year he brought chaos to the building after he testified in a fraud case against three people accused of falsely using his name. During the hearing Clooney spoke in Italian and the public gallery was packed with swooning female court officials who were delighted when he turned and waved to them. The other witnesses named have been called to confirm that Berlusconi’s claims that his parties were nothing more than ‘convivial, elegant soirées of food and song.’’ Tonight Ronaldo could not be reached.
Earlier today Berlusconi hit out at prosecutors who are bringing the sex trial as well as three others against him, saying they had wasted £18 million in taxpayers money. Berlusconi is accused of a variety of charges in the trials ranging from having sex with an underage prostitute, to tax fraud, perverting the course of justice and abuse of power.
He has always insisted that the investigations are part of a left wing orchestrated plot to overthrow him and slammed prosecutors. The perma-tanned politician spoke out as prosecutors in Milan announced they would be calling 132 witnesses for his sex trial including 33 women said to have been paid to have sex with him. He said to have abused his position as prime minister by securing Moroccan born Miss El Mahroug’s release after the teenager was arrested for a 3000 Euro theft. He is said to have obtained her freedom after wrongly telling police in Milan she was related to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and should be released to prevent a “diplomatic incident.” Media tycoon Berlusconi said he would prove all the allegations are false and fumed: ‘Prosecutors have again shown they want to persecute me. ‘I’ve decided to attend these new hearings to show the accusations against me are not just groundless, they are ridiculous. ‘Once again the attack will fail, the truth will be recognised and we will come out of it stronger than ever, as has always happened. ‘The accusation is totally false, my lawyers have shown it, and one wonders how the Milan prosecutors have the courage to spend around 20 million euros in taxpayers’ money on consultants, warrants and legal proceedings.’ Prosecutors say that as well as Moroccan born Miss El Mahroug he also paid 32 other women for sex with cash and jewellery and in a bizarre twist the teenager has also been called as a defence witness. Also known as Ruby The Heartstealer she has insisted that nothing untoward took place and Berlusconi had also laughed off the claims saying that “32 women are too many even for a man of 30 let alone 74.” Berlusconi, who is being divorced by his long suffering wife Veronica Lario, 52, had also claimed his unidentified girlfriend would have “scratched” his eyes out. In Italy the age of consent is 14 but paying for sex with an under 18 is deemed as prostitution and carries a maximum three year jail term while abuse of office is 12 years.