Karima el-Mahroug, better known as Ruby, told reporters on April 4, 2013 that she never had sex with ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi, denying that she was a prostitute and insisted that prosecutors hear her side of the story. The former Prime Minister of Italy was accused of having paid for sex with el-Mahroug while she was a teen during the infamous "bunga-bunga" parties at his villa near Milan, and then trying to cover it up. Both deny sexual contact. The scandal broke in 2010 when it emerged that Berlusconi had intervened on el-Mahroug's behalf after she was accused of stealing 3,000 euros from a friend and was detained by Milan police. Berlusconi said he did so thinking she was a relative of Egypt's then-President Hosni Mubarak.
On June 24, 2013, a Milan court convicted Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and using his influence to try to cover it up. The 76-year-old was sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from public office for life - a sentence that could mean the end of his two-decade political career. However, there are two more levels of appeal before the sentence would become final, a process that can take months.