Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in jail for paying for underage sex with an exotic dancer at his infamous bunga bunga parties.
sleazy ex PM, 76, was convicted of giving cash to a prostitute dubbed
'Ruby the Heartstealer' in return for sex at his villa – then using his
influence to try to cover it up.
The ban on holding office could mean the end of Berlusconi’s two-decade political career.
Berlusconi and Ruby the Heartstealer
his lawyer immediately announced he would appeal, branding the sentence
unjust. There are two more levels of appeal before the sentence becomes
Billionaire media mogul Berlusconi holds no official post
in the current Italian government but remains influential in the uneasy
cross-party coalition that emerged after inconclusive February
Trial ... Judge Giulia Turri reads the sentence for Berlusconi today - June 24
The charges stem from his bunga bunga parties in 2010 at his mansion near Milan, where he wined and dined beautiful young women while he was premier. He claims the parties were elegant soirees but prosecutors have branded them sex-fuelled romps that women were paid to attend.
Both Berlusconi and Ruby, whose real name is Karima el-Mahroug, have denied ever having sex.
Ms el-Mahroug, now 20, has said that Berlusconi’s disco featured
aspiring showgirls dressed as sexy nuns and nurses performing striptease
acts, with one woman even dressing up as President Barack Obama.