Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

AP Exclusive: Berlusconi's Ruby wants compensation

 FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, a Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby arrives at a party at a nightclub in Genoa, Italy. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 ...
 FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 file photo Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby attends a party in a disco in Genoa, Italy. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 ...
 FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 file photo Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby attends a party in a disco in Genoa, Italy. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 ...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, and Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti, face a  press conference at Chigi Premier's palace, in Rome, Wednesda...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi listens to a reporter's question during a press conference at the Chigi Premier's palace, in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. ...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi smiles during a press conference at Chigi Premier's palace, in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. Berlusconi says he i...
  Judges Carmen D'Elia, Giulia Turri, and Orsolina De Cristofaro, from left,  are pictured at Milan's Justice palace, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011....

Italy Berlusconi Scandal

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, a Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby arrives at a party at a nightclub in Genoa, Italy. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 ...

Italy Berlusconi Scandal

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 file photo Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby attends a party in a disco in Genoa, Italy. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 ...

Italy Berlusconi Scandal

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 file photo Moroccan girl nicknamed Ruby attends a party in a disco in Genoa, Italy. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 ...

APTOPIX Italy Berlusconi Scandal

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, and Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti, face a press conference at Chigi Premier's palace, in Rome, Wednesda...

Italy Berlusconi Scandal

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi listens to a reporter's question during a press conference at the Chigi Premier's palace, in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. ...

Italy Berlusconi Scandal

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi smiles during a press conference at Chigi Premier's palace, in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. Berlusconi says he i...

APTOPIX Italy Berlusconi Scandal

Judges Carmen D'Elia, Giulia Turri, and Orsolina De Cristofaro, from left, are pictured at Milan's Justice palace, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011....

The Moroccan teenager at the center of a prostitution scandal that has sent Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi to trial says she has done nothing wrong and that "all the gold in the world" could not compensate her for the hurt she has suffered.
In an email exchange with The Associated Press on Wednesday and Thursday, Karima El Mahrough, who goes by the stage name Ruby, lamented that she has been "treated as a prostitute by all the Italian and foreign media."
"I WANT TO BE COMPENSATED for having been hurt so much and all the gold in the world would not be enough," she wrote to the AP.
Ruby, now 18, requested (EURO)15,000 ($20,340) for a full TV interview, saying: "I don't do anything for nothing."
The AP, a nonprofit media organization, does not pay for interviews.
Berlusconi was indicted Tuesday on charges that he paid for sex with Ruby when she was 17 and under age, then used his influence to cover it up. The trial begins April 6 in Milan.
Berlusconi has denied ever paying for sex. Ruby, in a Jan. 19 television interview on a TV channel owned by Berlusconi, said she met the 74-year-old premier at a dinner party at his villa and that he gave her (EURO)7,000 ($9,500) that evening, but never "put a finger on me."
The scandal broke last year when it emerged that Berlusconi had intervened on Ruby's behalf after she was accused of stealing (EURO)3,000 ($4,100) from a friend and detained by Milan police.
Berlusconi's defense says the premier believed at the time that Ruby was a relative of then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and that the premier wanted to avoid a diplomatic incident. Ruby has said that she lied when she told Berlusconi this.
The AP does not name alleged victims of sexual crimes unless they have come forward publicly.


Updated : 2021-10-19 03:46 GMT+08:00