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Sex Trial of Italian Prime Minister Adjourned Minutes After Start

Governo [dot] it(MILAN) -- The trial of Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister accused of paying for sex with a minor, got underway in Milan Wednesday but was quickly adjourned to next month.

Berlusconi was not present at Wednesday's hearing, which lasted all but seven minutes.  The prime minister was instead in Rome, holding a meeting to discuss the situation over in Libya.

The trial will now kick off on May 31.

Prosecutors allege Berlusconi, 74, paid for sex with a then-17-year-old Moroccan girl known as Ruby and that he used the power of his office to try to cover it up.  The prime minister denies the allegations.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, new wiretaps leaked to the media suggesting that Berlusconi knew Ruby was not of adult age.

In a phone conversation, Berlusconi reportedly said: "Okay, what is important is that there are various people who can vouch for the fact that [Ruby] gave an age different to her real one.  Once that happens, there'll be nothing more to say.  We just helped her because we took pity on her.  Let's hope that it doesn't turn into a mess."

Ruby, whose real name is Karima El Mahroug, told a friend she was only 16 when she went to these parties.  She turned 18 last November.

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Photos of Italian Prime Minister's Sex Party Leaked to Media

Governo [dot] it(MILAN) -- Italian prosecutors plan to introduce photos of scantily-clad young women attending Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's alleged "bunga bunga" orgy as evidence in the premier's upcoming prostitution and corruption trial, according to leaked legal dossiers.

Photos of a well-known Italian showgirl wearing a sexy skintight police costume, as well as dozens more featuring young women kissing and caressing each other, were leaked to the media from a 20,000-page prosecution report, according to British newspaper The Telegraph.

The showgirl has been identified as Barbara Guerra, 32.

The photos were seized by Italian prosecutors from the laptops and cameras of women who allegedly attended the orgy as guests, according to the Telegraph.

Berlusconi, 74, is alleged to have hosted a sex romp at his Milan villa last year.  Officials accuse him of paying for sex with 33 women in the span of two months.  But among those women, prosecutors take issue with only one, a then 17-year-old prostitute named Karima el-Mahroug but better known as Ruby the Heartstealer.

Prosecutors accused the prime minister of paying the young woman for sex and then using his position to curry favor with police when the Moroccan was arrested for theft.  Prostitution with minors under 18 years old is illegal in Italy. 

Berlusconi has denied all charges.  His trial is set to begin on April 6. 

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Prosecutors Say Italian Prime Minister Paid for Sex with Girl 13 Times

Governo [dot] it(MILAN) -- More embarrassing sex allegations regarding Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are surfacing in Italy.

Prosecutors allege Berlusconi paid for sex with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl 13 times at his villa near Milan.  The claim comes in documents submitted to the court seeking indictments against three of the Italian prime minister's aides for allegedly soliciting prostitutes for their boss.

Berlusconi denies all charges, and his lawyers say it's a set up.

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