George Clooney Named as Berlusconi Witness

Star says he wasn't at Italian PM's 'bunga bunga' party
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2011 12:13 AM CST
George Clooney Named as Witness at Silvio Berlusconi 'Bunga Bunga' Trial
George Clooney arrives at a movie premiere in London last month.   (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)

Coming soon to an Italian courtroom: The Berlusconi Bunga Bunga Trial, starring George Clooney, Silvio Berlusconi, a former belly dancer, and dozens of starlets and showgirls. Clooney is among the 214 defense witnesses to be called at the former Italian prime minister's trial on charges that he paid an underage prostitute, the Guardian reports. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and several government ministers will also be among the witnesses at the trial, which begins next week.

The exotic dancer whom Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex, Karima el-Mahroug—also known as Ruby Heartstealer—claims she saw Clooney at one of Berlusconi's infamous "bunga bunga" sex parties. Clooney says he wasn't at the party in question, although he says he did meet Berlusconi to discuss Darfur and it became "one of the more astonishing evenings of my life." After meeting the Italian leader at his Rome villa, it "became a very different evening than anyone thought," Clooney says mysteriously. (Read more Silvio Berlusconi stories.)

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