Berlusconi Burlesque Girl Dressed as ... Obama?

She wanted to cheer up Italy's embattled former leader
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2012 1:55 PM CDT
Silvio Berlusconi party girl dressed as Barack Obama
A girl who performed for Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi says she once dressed up as Barack Obama for him.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

This could make for an awkward diplomatic conversation down the road: One young woman says she dressed up as a burlesque version of Barack Obama to entertain former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Reuters reports that the racy routine took place at one of Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties—the same type of event that occurred in 2010 when Berlusconi allegedly paid for sex with an underage prostitute.

During testimony in the ongoing trial, 28-year-old Marysthell Polanco revealed she dressed as Obama and as Ilda Boccassini—one of the prosecutors of the case—to cheer up Berlusconi. "I dressed up as Boccassini with a toga to make him laugh, and also as Obama," she said. (Read more Silvio Berlusconi stories.)

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