It has pride of place on his sprawling estate, Arcore, near Milan, where I interviewed him 15 years ago for Vanity Fair. Solidly built and astoundingly ugly, it is carved out of marble, pale as a bone, and was designed by the late architect Pietro Cascella, who made it roomy enough for 24 bodies. Should Silvio need to place a call from hell, the walls are decorated with depictions of mobile phones.
The allegations come in legal papers accusing three of Berlusconi's associates with aiding and abetting prostitution. The three are accused of selecting up to 33 young women, including year-old el Mahroug, to attend parties at Berlusconi's house, where the women would perform erotic dances before the prime minister chose one to spend the night with. He is being tried separately from the other three on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his position as prime minister to help el Mahroug after she was arrested for theft.
These are external links and will open in a new window. A dancer alleged to have had paid sex as a minor with Italy's ex-leader Silvio Berlusconi told a court that she had lied to investigators in Karima El-Mahroug said she had "made up" details about erotic parties held at his villa while he was still PM.
By Nick SquiresRome. Michelle Conceicao, a Brazilian model who attended the parties, also claimed that Mr Berlusconi telephoned her as recently as last month and asked her to lie about the encounter when she appears in court later this month. He doesn't want me to say the truth.
Both deny sexual contact. El-Mahroug was 17 at the time. She said today she regretted having told lies, including to the former prime minister.
In a report by prosecutors, who ended their investigation yesterday, it is alleged that Mr Berlusconi's parties began with dinner and ended with the Italian prime minister selecting a sex partner, or partners. He will face trial on April 6. The report also recommends that three friends of Mr Berlusconi face trial for procuring prostitutes on his behalf.
Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in jail and banned from holding public office, in a prostitution scandal involving the former Italian prime minister paying an underage Moroccan teenager "Ruby the Heartstealer" for sex. The former Italian prime minister was also found guilty of abuse of public office, by three female judges in Milan, in his attempts to cover-up the incident. The prosecution asked for a six-year sentence for the ex-politician, meaning Berlusconi received an even tougher sentence than requested.
The dancer was just 17 when the then prime minister allegedly paid to have sex with her last year, a crime punishable by up to three years in prison. If convicted, the year-old Mr Berlusconi also faces up to 12 years in prison for abuse of power after he allegedly put pressure on the police to have Miss El Mahroug, now 19, released from custody in an unrelated case. At the trial, which is ongoing, a police officer earlier this month testified that Miss El Mahroug was a prostitute.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, on trial for allegedly having sex with an underaged prostitute nicknamed Ruby, has denied there had ever been sex games at parties in his villa. Berlusconi, whose reported "bunga bunga" parties won worldwide notoriety, has repeatedly denied having sex with Moroccan-born nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug, better known by her stage name of "Ruby the Heartstealer". The centre-right leader is accused of giving Ruby cash and jewels in exchange for sex inwhen she was 17 and thus too young under Italian law to be paid as a prostitute.