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Showgirl testifies to 'train' at Berlusconi parties

Young women referred to money as 'petrol'

Showgirl testifies to 'train' at Berlusconi parties

Milan, November 23 - Young women present at evening parties hosted by ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi would form a train by holding onto the person in front and sing 'pe-pe-pe-pe-pe' as they danced around the room, a Neapolitan showgirl told a Milan court on Friday. Imma De Vivo was testifying in a trial against three people accused of procuring prostitutes for alleged sex parties at Berlusconi's villa at Arcore near Milan. ''However there were no scenes of a sexual nature, it was just a cheerful 'train','' she said. De Vico also told the court that she had been receiving 2,500 euros a month from Berlusconi since last year and that he paid her rent on an apartment in Milan. She explained that the young women referred to desired financial assistance from the former Premier as ''petrol'', adding that sometimes Berlusconi would say he couldn't help them as ''there wasn't any petrol''. The three alleged pimps on trial in Milan are former Berlusconi TV anchor Emilio Fede, Berlusconi's former dental hygienist and ex-Lombardy regional councillor Nicole Minetti and bankrupt talent scout Lele Mora. In a related case Berlusconi is accused of paying a young Moroccan belly dancer called Ruby for sex when she was under age and allegedly getting police to release her from custody on an unrelated theft claim to cover it up. Both Ruby and Berlusconi deny having sex.

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