A court document released Thursday said former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was sentenced to seven years in jail in June for abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor, was a ringleader of the sex parties at his villa near Milan.
“It is proven that the director of the young women’s sexual performances was Berlusconi himself,” the court said, according to Reuters. The document explained in depth how Berlusconi had called the gatherings “elegant dinners” and coordinated the young women to perform pole dances and stripteases, among other erotic acts.
The document also acknowledged there was sufficient proof that Berlusconi, 77, knew that Karima El Mahroug, a nightclub dancer who participated in exchange for jewelry and money, was underage at the time. El Mahroug, who went by the name “Ruby the Heartstealer,” was 17 years old, below Italy’s legal age limit for prostitution.
Berlusconi is in the process of appealing his verdict; if it is not upheld after two appeals, he will not serve any jail time for the conviction. Next week, he may be expelled from his Senate seat.