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Friday April 1, 2011

Will George Clooney Testify in Italian Prime Minister’s Sex Trial? Trial Opens 4-6

Will George Clooney Testify in Italian Prime Minister’s Sex Trial? Trial Opens 4-6

Photo: George Clooney Silvio Berlusconi

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George Clooney has responded to suggestions that he could be called as a witness in the trial of Silvio Berlusconi, saying: “It seems odd since I’ve only met Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur.” The actor and filmmaker, who has a home on the shores of Lake Como north of Milan, is a long-time campaigner for a resolution to conflict in Darfur.

The star is on a list of 78 people that Mr. Berlusconi’s legal team want to call as witnesses when he goes on trial next week on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute.

Mr. Berlusconi is accused of paying a teenage exotic dancer Karima El Mahroug, nicknamed Ruby the Heart Stealer, for sex when she was 17, after a party. He denies the allegation.

Ms. El Mahroug, who was 17 years old at the time of the alleged relations, has said the premier “never laid a finger” on her. Ms. El Mahroug has also told prosecutors she saw Mr. Clooney and his Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis at a soiree hosted by Mr. Berlusconi. The premier has said all the parties he hosted at his private residence in Arcore, near Milan, were “elegant” dinners with some of his good friends.

George Clooney may contradict Ms. El Mahroug’s statements to prosecutors, undercutting the young woman’s credibility, according to Mr. Berlusconi’s lawyers. “She told prosecutors Clooney and Canalis took part in a dinner at Berlusconi’s villa in Arcore,” one of Berlusconi’s lawyer said. “We want to ask them in court if that’s true and check Miss Ruby’s testimony”.