Teenager says Berlusconi gave her €7,000

January 16, 2011 03:16

A teenager at the heart of the latest criminal probe of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says the billionaire media mogul gave her €7,000 ($9,350) when she came to a Valentine's Day soiree at his villa but reiterated she didn't have sex with him.

Milan prosecutors were investigating whether Berlusconi paid for sex with an underage girl from Morocco and then abused his power in trying to cover up the encounters.Berlusconi has criticized the probe, calling the allegations "incredible and grotesque."

The teenager, a nightclub dancer nicknamed Ruby, said Saturday in an interview on Sky TG24 TV that Berlusconi didn't know she was a minor when she was invited to his villa near Milan last year "because I told everyone I was 24," not 17.

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