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George & Ely are on the list of witness for the trial of Berlusconi

Post by laetval on Tue Mar 29 2011, 16:35

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Clooney, Canalis, Carfagna and Silvio Gelmini between texts in the process of Ruby

Red carpet at the Milan Court: Ministers and VIPs on trial for Berlusconi.

Appear the names of ministers Maria Stella Gelmini, Mara Carfagna, Franco Frattini and Giancarlo Galan list of the 78 witnesses named by the defense of Silvio Berlusconi ahead of the trial of the premier event for Ruby and that will open 'in Milan next April 6. In the list, filed today in the Court of the Fourth Criminal Chamber of the Court of Milan, in addition to parliamentary PDL Paolo Bonaiuti, and Maria Rosaria Rossi Valentino Valentini, were summoned as witnesses Elisabetta Canalis and George Clooney, the showgirl Aida Yespica and Belen Rodriguez and television host Barbara D'Urso.

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Post by fluffy on Tue Mar 29 2011, 16:42

I was going to say a while ago when all the "are they aren't they" started, that I did wonder if it was this trial and Liz's foray into the underworld that has split them up. It won't do Gee's reputation any good being stuck with a label like that, conversely, when they were purported to be spitting up and Gee said about keeping a good story down, I did think then that he would have dropped her like a hot brick! Maybe they have been keeping low just to see what the legal side was doing, calling witnesses and how far Liz's implications are within these happenings. Now this has come out, we might actually get the "split" info putting the required distance between them since Darfur is coming up in July, he needs to keep a clean slate.

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Post by cindigirl on Tue Mar 29 2011, 17:04

Fluffy, how is George involved in this mess. I thought I was keeping up but I'm lost. The drug and prostitution thing was before George became involved with her, right? Or is it about something else?

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Post by Casey on Tue Mar 29 2011, 17:05

Well, isn't this just lovely? Heck, maybe they can show up at the trial together, while doing their signature poses for the camera? You know, his hand placed awkwardly on her leg, then him pointing at something in the distance while laughing with his mouth open, then her bending over to show us her as.s crack, and then both of them smirking at the camera with that 'aren't we fabulous' grin on their faces. Maybe throw in a napkin ring or two. I think it could be good.

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Post by laetval on Tue Mar 29 2011, 17:11

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Clooney Called by Berlusconi's Defense as Witness
Berlusconi's defense wants Clooney to testify at premier's upcoming prostitution trial

Silvio Berlusconi's defense lawyers want George Clooney and his Italian girlfriend to testify at the premier's upcoming prostitution trial.

Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl and using his influence to try to cover it up. He denies wrongdoing.

The trial opens April 6 in Milan. On Tuesday, prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their lists of witnesses to the court. A judge must now decide which witnesses to admit.

The law firm representing Berlusconi says Clooney was listed because the Moroccan teenager once said she had seen Clooney and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis at one of Berlusconi's parties.

Canalis has reportedly denied attending.

An email sent to Clooney's representative wasn't immediately answered.

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Post by Bidbod on Tue Mar 29 2011, 17:58

Casey, your comments made me laugh. I thought their next outing would be Cannes after Signora Cavalli's comments about making a dress for it. But this is even better. Matching Armani for the court steps? Please let them both turn up! She is the best thing that's happened to him gossip wise.


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Post by ladydi on Tue Mar 29 2011, 18:58

She would wear Armani to court! Oh, my! That would be a crime. LOL

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Post by Bidbod on Tue Mar 29 2011, 19:08

I think George will be wearing a Cloak of Respectability, after all he is a character witness for Berlusconi. He will have it wrapped protectively around Betty with her peeking out of the top of it, hoping the respectability his cloak oozes, will rub off on her!

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Post by Casey on Tue Mar 29 2011, 19:18

ROTF! I wonder if he'll wear his UN Messenger of Peace pin that he got when they gave him the honor. Or maybe he'll bring his membership certificate from the Council Of Foreign Affairs as proof of his ID. You know, in case no one recognizes him. EC will just flash her tits as proof of her ID.


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Post by Atalante on Tue Mar 29 2011, 19:20

Well never a dull moment with La Canalis, ey Georgieeeeeee ? Basketball

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Post by lucy on Tue Mar 29 2011, 19:25

But what about her bettabuns??? that's her true trademark,along with who's GF!

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Re: George Clooney to be called as witnesses in sex trial involving Berlusconi

Post by socimar on Tue Mar 29 2011, 20:12

Mar 29, 2011 – 2:00 PM ET

Italian Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi’s defense lawyers have reportedly requested that actor George Clooney and his girlfriend, Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis, testify in court at Berlusconi’s upcoming prostitution trial.

The trial sees Berlusconi facing charges of having paid for sex with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl. The firm representing the Italian politician has requested that Clooney and Canalis testify as the Moroccan teen claims to have seen the pair at one of Berlisconi’s infamously lascivious parties, which Canalis has apparently denied.

Berlusconi’s trial begins April 6 in Milan.

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Post by Bidbod on Tue Mar 29 2011, 20:19

Is the Daily Beast reliable?

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George said in a statement to The Daily Beast that it seemed odd his being called as he has only met Berlusconi once and that was to ask for aid for Darfur.

So that's the end of that folks. If he said he wasn't there - He wasn't there. Back to work everybody!!! [b]


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Post by sisieq on Tue Mar 29 2011, 20:37

I think the Daily Beast is reliable. Question Question

The law firm representing Berlusconi says Clooney was listed because the Moroccan teenager once said she had seen Clooney and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis at one of Berlusconi's parties.
That doesn't make sense. Either he was there or he wasn't. A Defense team doesn't ask for a witness just because "someone said". What's he suppose to do, show up and on the witness stand say "I was never at any of his parties". Its such a waste of time for him and the court. IMHO

His quote saying he only met him to ask for Darfur $, wasn't that the time he was papped coming out of Berlusconi's house in Rome with Gio. I think it was a night shot. Don't remember if the article said there they had dinner or just a meeting.


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Post by laetval on Tue Mar 29 2011, 20:43

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Silvio Berlusconi calls George Clooney to testify on his behalf; Clooney responds

The impending prostitution trial of embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has taken a new curious turn, as Berlusconi’s defense lawyers have officially named George Clooney as a witness. According to the Associated Press, the 17-year-old Moroccan teenager at the center of the trial — whom the 74-year-old Prime Minister is alleged to have paid for sex – claims to have met Clooney and his girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis at one of the Prime Minister’s parties. Attorney Piersilvio Cipollotti said that the defense wants “to see if they confirm this fact or not.” In a statement released to EW, Clooney responds: “It seems odd since I’ve only met Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur.”

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Post by Casey on Tue Mar 29 2011, 21:22

I think the point here is that Silvio's lawyer want to establish that Ruby is a liar by calling him to the stand to say what he just did in that statement, that he only met him once. I like how he threw in that bit about it being for Darfur. Nice reminder there of Mr Humanitarian. LOL. Nice touch, I must say.

Truth is, he probably was never at Silvio's bunga bunga parties. I mean, George throws his own bunga bunga parties. Why would he want to go to another man's parties and have to compete with him? Two filthy rich and famous men in one room, both vying for the same attention? Can you imagine? Their egos would annihilate one another. But my point is that, regardless of whether or not he was there (and he wasn't), just being named in this mess is his problem. Just having his name linked to this grossness, and one that involved (allegedly!) underage prostitutes is a problem.


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Post by Bidbod on Tue Mar 29 2011, 21:38

I do feel kinda sorry for Betty, she's met him a pile of times! (I've seen her on Youtube on some TV show with him). Although, since she is a nobody and is pretty vulgar, I doubt very much a character reference from her is what Berlusconi had in mind!

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Post by blubelle on Tue Mar 29 2011, 21:46

(asking with head down) What's a bunga bunga party?

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Post by monaco on Tue Mar 29 2011, 22:41

I agree. The fact that he is mentioned at all is a problem. I also appreciated the well thought out, matter of fact response Casey (George shrugs his shoulders, "no idea what they're talking about") "I’ve only met Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur.” - there's the cloak of respectability already Bidbod! However, the likelihood is that he won't be asked to testify and it will all become yesterdays news. Betty on the other hand may well be asked. (My money's on Cavalli. Yawn.) Don't think George will be making any flippant comments about this one for the foreseeable future. pale

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Post by Tigerina on Tue Mar 29 2011, 22:48

Icky, that sounds like a rough group to be involved with. How does George get himself in such situations? My advice to him would be, "RUN baby! RUN!!"


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Post by sisieq on Tue Mar 29 2011, 23:28

Sad, sad headline!

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What Do George Clooney and a Bunch of Alleged Prostitutes Have in Common?
Today 1:36 PM PDT by Peter Gicas

Here's one sure way to get the trial surrounding the alleged sexual exploits of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi a little exposure on an entertainment website.

Just throw George Clooney's name on a list of potential witnesses!

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Well, that's exactly what Berlusconi's defense team did today.

Yep. The Oscar-winning actor and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis—as well as a few dozen alleged prostitutes—are reportedly among 78 witnesses who might be called to take the stand in Milan when the prime minister's trial over allegations he paid for sex with an underage girl in 2010 begins next month.

But why Clooney?

It seems the then-17-year-old Moroccan girl at the center of the controversy has claimed to have seen Clooney and Canalis last year at a dinner party at Berlusconi's pad, which just happens to be near the star's home on Lake Como.

Apparently, Berlusconi's lawyers are simply interested in finding out from Clooney if this is true or not, despite several reports that Canalis had already spoken to prosecutors and insisted that neither she or her man were ever present at any parties thrown by Berlusconi.

George Clooney Watch The trial starts April 6.

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Post by watching on Tue Mar 29 2011, 23:34

Sorry but he has had the place in Italy for overe 10 years now and he has only met Berlusconi once? No way, not buying it.He would have turned up within the first year to introduce himself (Berlusconi that is). No fundraisers, no chats behind closed downs, no dinners, no elections donations, etc. Really, really unlikely. Not buying it. Didn't Betty first say that they had been at his hpouse for dinner but saw nothing like the bunga bunga parties then it was changed to I spoke to him about aid for Darfur. The mayor of Como takes every opportunity to spend time with him, gush over him and talk to the press about his love of all things Clooney, but the prime minister has only met him once? Both are party men who love skanky women willing to do anything for cash and/or fame. Both happily pay big money to keep their parties well stocked and very private. Not to mention that George's Darfur work has him running in the political circles with most world leaders and at multiple fundraisers. I just don't buy only once in 10 years. Had he said never in a social setting - maybe.

This is an angle by the defence to try and shut the prosecutor down or at least make him think that they will parade a list of celebrities to defend him making the courtroorm a circus. This is justy a ploy in the public arena. The Judge will get the final say as to who gets called. The defence is trying to make the court proceedings a circus which they can use to Berlusconi's advantage.

And dear God, no reasonable defence lawyer would activitely want to call Betty - why her name is getting thrown around, I have no idea. The coke and hooker scandal, the years working for Mediaset and the culture of disposable pretty women as his beck and call, her socialising at these types of events, her history of sleeping with wealthy men which in turn got her career opportunities and then profiting financially from those relationships, etc. She would be a wildcard and do Berlusconi damage.

The defence are juist trying to make the publicity about the witnesses, not the actual crime. Throwning George's name into the mix publicly (especialy if the names are not yet set in stone) does that very well. Those who like to party seem to do him some damage - Rande and his sexual harassment of employees now this.

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Post by blubelle on Wed Mar 30 2011, 00:15

Betty's name has been out of the headlines for a while. What timing!!!!

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Post by sisieq on Wed Mar 30 2011, 01:04

blubelle wrote:(asking with head down) What's a bunga bunga party?
Don't feel bad, I didn't know either.

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Bunga-bunga is a ritual Berlusconi allegedly learned from his former best friend Muammar Gaddafi and involves myriad sexual stunts, from underwater rituals to high-priced strippers dressed as nurses and cops gyrating for (and on) Berlusconi and his cronies.

THE REST OF THE ARTICLE WHICH DEFENDS GEORGE -

As delicious as it sounds, the accusation doesn’t really seem like Clooney’s style. He does spend much of the year in Italy at his lavish villa on Lake Como near Milan, but he is a strong supporter of Italy’s opposition party and a great friend of Walter Veltroni, the last man who ran against Berlusconi in an election, who he frequently stumps for when he is in Rome. In fact, his latest movie The American, was filmed in Abruzzo after Clooney made a promise to Veltroni to invest in the earthquake stricken area. It seems unlikely that Clooney would be invited to an informal Berlusconi sex-fest, and even less likely that he would attend.

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But Clooney’s girlfriend is another story. Last July, amid rumors that Clooney was about to propose, Canalis was embroiled in her own sex scandal after Milan prosecutors also opened a file on her for what sounded curiously like a paid-escort racket. According to the prosecution document obtained by The Daily Beast last July, Canalis and her femme-fatale friends would lure customers into Milanese nightclubs, ply them with drinks, and run up an extravagant bar bill and then sell sexual favors. “Their job was to encourage these customers to drink alcohol as to increase the table's bill, followed up by sex off-premises," Milanese prosecutor Frank Di Maio said then. "The girls were often given cocaine for free by those who want to sit at a table of famous people.”

Canalis may have feasibly been one of the party girls attending Berlusconi’s bunga-bunga fests—she certainly ran in those circles and made her name as a TV showgirl on Berlusconi’s television network. But she says she has quit her playgirl ways since settling down with Clooney two years ago.

Either way, it seems highly unlikely they would have attended such a party together.

At least that’s what Berlusconi is banking on. He has named Clooney along with a host of other stars who frequent Milan, including soccer great Cristiano Ronaldo who Ruby says attended the parties with her and then paid her thousands of euro for sex. Berlusconi is counting on the fact that they will all deny ever partying at the prime minister’s pad.

In the end it will be up to the judge in Milan to decide which witnesses will add credibility to Berlusconi’s prostitution trial, which starts next week in Milan, and not detract from it. Berlusconi attended a separate court hearing this week in Milan—this time for corruption within the companies of his media empire. Italian defendants are not required to show up in court and this week’s surprise appearance was the first time in eight years and 50 hearings that Berlusconi actually attended. His prostitution trial begins on April 6 and the judge will rule soon after which of his star-studded list of witnesses will be called to the stand in his defense. Whether he will personally grace the Milanese courthouse with his presence again next Wednesday is anyone’s guess, but most court-watchers who had hoped to see him are now holding out and hoping instead for Clooney.

Barbie Latza Nadeau, author of the Beast Book Angel Face, about Amanda Knox, has reported from Italy for Newsweek Magazine since 1997 and for The Daily Beast since 2009. She is a frequent contributor to CNN Traveller, Departures, Discovery and Grazia. She appears regularly on CNN, BBC and NPR.


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Post by Tigerina on Wed Mar 30 2011, 01:06

It was just reported on Fox News.

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Post by Tigerina on Wed Mar 30 2011, 01:24

Maybe throw in a napkin ring or two

Laughing Casey!!! Very Happy

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Post by Snoopy on Wed Mar 30 2011, 02:32

Part of the damage might be already done if it hit FOX news. Even if George did not attend his parties, many people will just connect George with Berlusconi, sex scandal, and then Bettabuns name with this and the Milan nightclub incident. They will never know the outcome, as usually they will just remember the connection. Like Hurricane Katrina, Iraq war, etc. you heard all about it in the beginning but then nothing. It is the initial story that will stick in people’s minds.

Canalis quit her party girl ways just after meeting George?

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Post by Tigerina on Wed Mar 30 2011, 02:45

It stinks from here to high hell for George. Sex with minors was mentioned and George was called upon because the minor said he was seen at a party, at the child molesters house. (who is denying any "wrong" doing Rolling Eyes ) Does that mean he won't take responsiblity for his actions or really believes sex with a minor is ok? I hope the victim in question is well protected. Seriously George is a grown man, sleazy as it is, this is the crowd he chooses to hang with, and better yet, walk away with one of their prostitues and present her to the world as some profound catch. Honestly I could careless about him, it is the minor that has my concern on many different levels. Crying or Very sad

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Post by lucy on Wed Mar 30 2011, 06:38

Maybe this is why bettabuns has been hiding?

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Post by Merlin on Wed Mar 30 2011, 07:10

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Clooney: Why Am I a Witness in that Prostitution Trial?
3/29/2011 2:24 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

George Clooney tells TMZ ... he's perplexed that he's been subpoenaed to testify at the prostitution trial of the Prime Minister of Italy.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is accused of paying to have sex with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl and then trying to cover it up.

Berlusconi's lawyers say they want Clooney as a witness because the girl claims she had seen George and his girlfriend at one of Berlusconi's parties. It's unclear how that information would be relevant in the trial.

Clooney says, "It seems odd since I've only met Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur."

The trial is set to begin on April 6 in Milan.

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Post by watching on Wed Mar 30 2011, 08:07

Either George will give evidence by way of audio visual link or he just won't turn up which will then be misrepresented by the likes of Fox and Bill O'Reilly. As far as I am aware, you can't compel a witness to attend court if they are in another country. The court has no jurisdication to enforce the subpoena if George in working in the States. He can't be extradited to Italy to give evidence. You can only extradite someone who is facing charges. Now if he doesn't attend after being called and served a subpoena to give evidence,he might get a surprise when he heads back there for the summer. Getting through customs could be difficult (even for Mr Movie Star) if the court feels it is appropriate to issue a warrant for his arrest to bring him before the court to give evidence. Non-attendance warrants are very common here in Oz, no idea about Italy.

What wil be interesting will be to see if he attends, if the prosecution go after him. He isn't being called by the prosecution so they could go after his character and deficit of character which as we know, isn't just what Brand Clooney likes to project to the masses. He is a defence witness therefore he is fair game. All those parties in Como that are known of in Italy might just get brought up in respect of his character and his similarity of lifestyle and sexual interests as the defendant. It's pubilc record that he has stated that he has done drugs - when? with who? Slept with a lot of women - who? did you ever pay them? ever forced them to get an abortion? have you ever had a publicity based 'relationship' with a women for mutual gain? Did you actively lie and deceive the public as to nature of these relationships to garner attention and media coverage for your film projects? If you have lied about your relationships, how can the court be certain that you aren't lying here? Your an actor - you whole career is based on selling lies. Why on earth should the court believe a word that comes out of your mouth? See where I am going with it?

That would be why he made the comment about only having met the guy once - they would be desperate for him not to get called as a witness. The judge apparently makes the decision next week if he will be needed. Because there are very few rules that would stop the prosecutor going after his character considering what he has said in the public domain. It could also be a career move for a prosecutor to go after Clooney - get him/her attention and media coverage to possibly further their careers. They may wish to get a promotion,aim for a seat on the Bench or even go into politics themselves - this trial will get them a lot of attention and using George as an angle could happen. You get a good prosecutor who has been told to get Silvio no matter who you have to go through to make it happen, it could be a show and a half. A skilled prosecutor / lawyer could break George in two hours. He would put up the front and be all charming but when they got down into the stuff that he would hate to be in the public domain, I really think he would turn and become a liability to himself. He could hold his own for a little while but not liong enough. We have seen him lose his temper in public before. I mean, who really has challenged him in the past couple of decades? He is use to everyone loving him and telling him yes. Court could be very interesting if they go for the jugglar and turn around the circus that will accompany him to court to being against him rather than for him.

Bet the studio behind The Descendants is gratefut that the film got it's release date pushed back to December. By then, this will all but be a memory as long as George doesn't crash and burn.

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Re: George Clooney to be called as witnesses in sex trial involving Berlusconi

Post by emeraldcity on Wed Mar 30 2011, 09:50

The whole thing is just a storm in a teacup, George will just sign an affidavit saying he met Silvio only once, there are even pictures of him going into his residence near Rome, (summer of 2008?) he attended with one of the Malenotti brothers and a report came out a few months later in Italy that George was very surprised by the whole meeting. Apparently Berlusconi just wanted to party with Clooney, he had no intention of helping with Darfur and the dinner was overflowing with Silvio’s usual 'ladies'. George by all accounts was royally mad.

The whole thing seems like a pointless exercise anyway if Silvio's defence team are using Clooney to discredit the young woman at the centre of the trial it will just as easily play into the hands of the prosecution, because the girl has been saying all along there was no sex with Berlusconi, if his lawyers prove that she lied (under oath I presume) about Clooney being at a party in February, the prosecution can say she is just as likely to be lying about the 'no sex with Berlusconi' part of her testimony .



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Post by Katiedot on Wed Mar 30 2011, 11:23

Yeah, this is to prove that she lied about things such as seeing George at a party. I'll bet he's pissed off at being roped into this mess which really has nothing to do with him.

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Re: George Clooney to be called as witnesses in sex trial involving Berlusconi

Post by watching on Wed Mar 30 2011, 12:45

Celebitchy has gotten on the story. Love.

Did George Clooney & Elisabetta hang out with Silvio Berlusconi & his hooker?

This might be one of my favorite stories of the week. Or month. Or year! First, some back story. Last year, in Italy, one of the clubs that Elisabetta Canalis used to “frequent” (re: “work for”) was targeted in a large investigation of prostitution and drugs. An associate of Canalis’s went on the record about how she and other women were “paid” to be pretty girls at the club, encouraging rich men to spend their money on booze and coke, and that these girls were often paid in booze and coke. Elisabetta Canalis didn’t come up specifically as one of those cocaine-hookers (“coke whores” just feels harsh), but it was certainly implied, and given what we already know of Elisabetta, is it really so shocking to think that she simply sidles up to rich men and does whatever she needs to do to get them to spend money? Anyway, the scandal never really went mainstream in the American press, and Clooney stuck by Eli, for whatever reason (kinky sex, cocaine?).

Now, a NEW scandal, vaguely related to last year’s. For as long as I can remember, Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been under investigation. He’s been accused of everything under the sun, and you know what? He’s probably guilty of most everything they throw at him. Currently, Silvio has been accused of paying a 17-year-old for sex at one of his many sex parties. Silvio is about to go to trial, and his defense has asked Clooney to testify. Why, you might ask? Because the 17-year-old girl claims that Clooney and Elisabetta were at one of Silvio’s sex parties, thus, they are potential witnesses. For the record, Clooney has told multiple outlets, “It seems odd since I’ve only met Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur.” Notice he doesn’t say WHERE he was when asked for Silvio’s help. Like, did George lean over and ask Silvio as they made their way through a bed full of teenage girls? Oh, and Canalis has “reportedly denied attending the party.”

Man, Italian politics, huh? It’s funny and entertaining, but could you imagine if he was one of your elected officials?!? And yes, you know that Elisabetta totally partied with Silvio. At some point, I imagine all of those kinds of Italian hooker-esque girls partied with Silvio. At the end of the day, all this story does is just add yet another headline with the words “Elisabetta. Prostitute.”

As far as Clooney potentially testifying… I don’t even know. I have no idea how this sort of trial works in Italy, but I would guess that if Clooney is in Italy and he’s gotten some kind of subpoena, he would have to appear? But he’s not in Italy - he’s in America, filming in Cincinnati. So, probably not.

Oh, and here’s a photo of “Ruby”. She could be Elisabetta’s sister.

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Post by bellybaby on Wed Mar 30 2011, 12:52

Casey wrote:Well, isn't this just lovely? Heck, maybe they can show up at the trial together, while doing their signature poses for the camera? You know, his hand placed awkwardly on her leg, then him pointing at something in the distance while laughing with his mouth open, then her bending over to show us her as.s crack, and then both of them smirking at the camera with that 'aren't we fabulous' grin on their faces. Maybe throw in a napkin ring or two. I think it could be good.

omg Casey!!!! Too funny! Yesterday evening on Fox, I didn't hear a report, but they were scrolling the info on the bottom of the screen. Funny, they never mentioned Eli's name, just "the girlfriend of"..

So, how does George being at a party (even if he was there) with Buso prove that he paid Ruby for sex? If George was there, even if Buso had paid all the girls there, does he show everyone the receipts? I can see George testifying that he was there, there was sex, etc., but how would it prove that Buso paid anybody, specifically Ruby?

And yeah, wouldn't you have loved to have been a fly on the wall when George got this news??? Shit hits the fan

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Post by lelacorb on Wed Mar 30 2011, 20:30

March 30, 2011 17:12

(AGI) - Rome, March 30 - Elisabetta Canalis denied once again and
"Categorically denies having ever participated in any dinner meeting or
lunch held at the residence of Hon. Silvio Berlusconi to
Arcore. "The denial comes through the office of the soubrette, Advocate
Michele Sterbini, and inspired by what is published today by some
media. Elisabetta Canalis' deem 'ALSO'
smear - says the statement - any information or news that real '
published or otherwise 'branched, such as to correlate the same
with meetings held at the Villa Arcore, subject to
criminal and / or processes that are currently pending. "

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Post by socimar on Wed Mar 30 2011, 20:41

It made the national news this morning on NBC at 7:30 am EST. Matt Lauer of the Today show confirmed all the above and even showed a couple of pics of George, one with "his Italian girlfriend" Elisabetta Canalis.

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Post by Bidbod on Wed Mar 30 2011, 21:42

Is she threatening to sue? Who? Ruby? Am I understanding this correctly Lelacorb? I am sure everyone else is equally unhappy at being called as a witness. Oh the drama!

I want a joint statement and a show of togetherness on the steps of the court, even if it is fake for real this time!

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Re: George Clooney to be called as witnesses in sex trial involving Berlusconi

Post by watching on Wed Mar 30 2011, 22:59

Lainey has added her two cents worth.

Transfer dirt

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, also a major media mogul and estimated to be the 3rd richest man in the country, is being tried for paying a 17 year old girl to have sex with him and using his considerable resources to try to kill the story. Berlusconi is 74 and denies the charges. His lawyers have included George Clooney on a possible witness list and Clooney claims to be flummoxed as to why he’s been brought into it:

“It seems odd since I’ve only met Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur.”

Odd?

Sure.

But isn’t he dating The Italian Queen Elisabetta Canalis? And wasn’t she herself linked to a prostitution and cocaine scandal in Italy just a few months ago? At that time, authorities were investigating a club that allegedly supplied its wealthy patrons with high end escorts along with any party substance they required. Somehow Canalis’s name was mixed up in all of that.

And now this. With George Clooney and the Prime Minister who may or may not have paid to f-ck a young showgirl called Ruby the Heart-stealer.

I mean…

I just f-cking love Italians.

But the transfer of her sh-t onto his reputation… I wonder how much longer before George is told he needs to cut that loose. Or, if it’s just too good to let go of, and he still can’t get enough.

Attached – Ely shooting a commercial yesterday in Rome, her working girl days obviously behind her, kinda. And George last week in Michigan with Phillip Seymour Hoffman on the set of The Ides of March. For those of you in Ontario – George drove over to Windsor the other day to have dinner at Mezzo. Some people actually approached him WHILE HE WAS EATING for photos. If you have ever considered that, please stop and check yourself. For your own self.



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Re: George Clooney to be called as witnesses in sex trial involving Berlusconi

Post by sisieq on Wed Mar 30 2011, 23:40

They will never know the outcome, as usually they will just remember the connection.
You got that right!!!

denies having ever participated in any dinner meeting or
lunch held at the residence of Hon. Silvio Berlusconi to
Arcore.
Okay, but what about all the other places he's had parties over the years. He owns the tv stations, so EC has never been to any of his parties? Why mention a "lunch meeting"? Has that been brought up? I thought Rube said a party so why twice mention a dinner/lunch meeting.

IMHO - when it comes to the court system, you have to be REAL careful how something is worded. LOL, and NO, not speaking from experience.



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Post by sisieq on Thu Mar 31 2011, 00:08

Remember the American girl on trail in Italy (last year I think). That was brutal. Is the Italian court just as brutal to witnesses? As watching brought up, brining up one’s past history.

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Post by Casey on Thu Mar 31 2011, 00:24

You know, I really had been thinking that George's lawyers will get him out of this, but now I'm wondering if George's statement to the press will come back to haunt him. Berlusconi's defense is to make Ruby look like a liar. So, with George's statement saying that he only met him once, and effectively denying his attendance at the bunga bunga parties, he basically has refuted Ruby's claims, which makes him the perfect witness for Berlusconi (the irony of that is so thick, you can cut it with a chainsaw). Wouldn't then Berlusconi and his lawyers press the court to call him as a witness, since they already know what he's going to say by virtue of his statement, which only helps Berlusconi, and hurts both the prosecution and Ruby? Wouldn't they want him to make this statement on the stand, on the record, in court?

I understand why George's issued his statement;the story was hitting the press, and they were calling him for a comment, so he felt compelled to say something. But geez, I'm now wondering if he maybe got himself into a deeper hole by releasing that statement?

Oh well, lay with dogs, wake up with fleas. In this case, literally, since she's said that she likes to sleep with her dogs in her bed.

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Post by Dexterdidit on Thu Mar 31 2011, 01:30

Eli is the one who needs to be really careful her career was made with connections to Bers....it is well known the showgirls all got to meet him and she was one of his favourites. So yes I have a hard time believing she doesn't know anything or has never been to any of his parties without George. She wouldn't have had a career in Italy if she didn't play the game. she needs to be careful about suing etc cause the press can get really nasty. I guess Lainey isn't up to speed on the fact George and Eli havent been seen together for a couple of months, they aren't even releasing statements together. George needs to make it official and make it clear it happened awhile ago he should have done it by now. We will have to wait and see if he goes over and testifys but him being in the States not so sure they can force him to show up.

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Re: George Clooney to be called as witnesses in sex trial involving Berlusconi

Post by Katiedot on Thu Mar 31 2011, 05:10

Tigerina wrote:It stinks from here to high hell for George. Sex with minors was mentioned and George was called upon because the minor said he was seen at a party, at the child molesters house. (who is denying any "wrong" doing Rolling Eyes )
Child molester??!!? You need to check the facts. The girl was 17 which is above the legal age for sex in Italy. What was illegal is that prostitutes have to be over 18.

The argument isn't about whether she slept with Berlusconi, it's about whether he paid her.

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Post by Dexterdidit on Thu Mar 31 2011, 05:17

Ruby is a prostitute she isn't some schoolgirl who got cornered. Pretty sure she knew what she was there for, isn't Berscluni known for all this anyway? So the reason this is getting this sort of attention is because she was 17 not 18 when she got paid for sex? Cause that makes this so much better! George needs to steer clear of this he sure hasn't had alot of luck with Eli has he. Cause now people are bringing up last years coke/hooker thing which Eli was also supposed to be involved with. Her folks must be thrilled!

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Post by watching on Thu Mar 31 2011, 11:35

Sis - re bringing up someone's past in court. If the information is in the public domain and has not been refuted (such as Betty not issuing a denial about allegedly doing coke in a club especially as she had clearly stated a few years back in an interview that she had never done drugs and it was a rumour made up to discredit her - you know, probably by her haters) - it is deemed in the pubilc knowledge and they can raise it without having to adhere to the same rules of evidence. They would be combing through his and her interviews looking for direct comments made that they can use as a opening to question their moral, integrity and character. The purpose of the cross examination is to discredit the witness. That's the problem for people in the public eye. Everything you have said is fair game. And in the world of people like George and Betty who lie, manipulate and decieve for their own personal gain, it will come back to bite them. Karma George Karma. If it were you or me, not the same. We would have bring it up in Court or broadly mention the topic (character, romantic history) before it could be used as a tangent to ask questions on that topic to try and discredit the witness and the evidence given relating to the case.

As someone who is part of the legal fraternity, watching the dance of a skilled lawyer take a witness apart and use their own words to highlight their lies and unwittingly reval their deceit can be a thing of beauty.

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Post by sisieq on Thu Mar 31 2011, 14:20

A big thanks, watching!

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Re: George Clooney to be called as witnesses in sex trial involving Berlusconi

Post by Tigerina on Thu Mar 31 2011, 14:56

Katiedot wrote:
Tigerina wrote:It stinks from here to high hell for George. Sex with minors was mentioned and George was called upon because the minor said he was seen at a party, at the child molesters house. (who is denying any "wrong" doing Rolling Eyes )
Child molester??!!? You need to check the facts. The girl was 17 which is above the legal age for sex in Italy. What was illegal is that prostitutes have to be over 18.

The argument isn't about whether she slept with Berlusconi, it's about whether he paid her.


Katiedot there is no reason for you to get defensive. My saying that was more sarcasm for the situation at hand which is sleazy no matter how you look at it in my opinion.

Jeez, peace woman!

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Post by Atalante on Thu Mar 31 2011, 20:48

emeraldcity wrote:The whole thing is just a storm in a teacup, George will just sign an affidavit saying he met Silvio only once, there are even pictures of him going into his residence near Rome, (summer of 2008?) he attended with one of the Malenotti brothers and a report came out a few months later in Italy that George was very surprised by the whole meeting. Apparently Berlusconi just wanted to party with Clooney, he had no intention of helping with Darfur and the dinner was overflowing with Silvio’s usual 'ladies'. George by all accounts was royally mad.

The whole thing seems like a pointless exercise anyway if Silvio's defence team are using Clooney to discredit the young woman at the centre of the trial it will just as easily play into the hands of the prosecution, because the girl has been saying all along there was no sex with Berlusconi, if his lawyers prove that she lied (under oath I presume) about Clooney being at a party in February, the prosecution can say she is just as likely to be lying about the 'no sex with Berlusconi' part of her testimony .



Why would Ruby lie about it ? Make this story up just to get herself in ... euh extra trouble ? Doesn't make sense does it. Superdupercool

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Re: George Clooney to be called as witnesses in sex trial involving Berlusconi

Post by Katiedot on Thu Mar 31 2011, 20:53

@Tigerina: I've read and re-read your post and I still don't see any sarcasm in it but please accept my apologies if you felt my response was harsh and defensive. I certainly didn't mean to offend and I'm sorry if I did.

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