George Clooney may testify at Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' trial
Did George Clooney "bunga bunga" with former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi or didn't he?
The "Descendants" star has been added to the list of 214 defense witnesses to be called at Berlusconi's trial on charges that he paid an underage prostitute for sex in 2010. Others on the list include soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis.
According to Moroccan-born exotic dancer Karima el Mahroug (a.k.a. Ruby), the girl Berlusconi is charged with having sex with, Clooney was spotted at one of the ex-prime minister's infamous "bunga bunga" parties. She denies having sex with the 75-year-old politician.
Berlusconi's defense team had approached the star to testify that he was not at the party in question; Clooney has publicly stated he is willing to testify. It wouldn't be Clooney's first trip to an Italian court: He testified last year in a multimillion-dollar fraud trial against defendants accused of creating a clothing line that used his name without his permission.
"I wasn't at the party that I was said to have been at ... ," Clooney told TIME in October. "But I was at another party. I went there to speak about Darfur.... It was an amazing conversation. He took me up to show me his bedroom and the bed that Putin had given him.... It was a very interesting conversation that became a very different evening than anyone thought. 'I have to go.' 'No, where you going? There's gonna be a party!' 'No, I really have to go.'"
Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" sex parties at his villas were notorious for the number of young women roaming around. The parties, along with charges of abuse of power, led the prime minister to step down earlier this month.
Berlusconi's sex trial will resume Dec. 2, but it's unclear when Clooney will appear to testify.
— Patrick Kevin Day
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: George Clooney. Credit: Molly Riley / Reuters