ROME: Women, including an Italian regional parliamentarian, dressed up as nuns and performed a striptease for Silvio Berlusconi at a party held at the former prime minister’s villa, a witness told a court in Milan yesterday.

Imane Fadil was testifying at a trial in which Berlusconi, 75, is charged with paying an underage Moroccan dancer, Karima El Mahroug, 17, for sex. Prosecutors allege Berlusconi used the venue for sex parties also attended by El Mahroug.

Fadil, 27, said that at the villa she met Nicole Minetti, an MP. At one stage, Minetti appeared dressed in a black habit with a white headscarf and a large cross dangling from her neck.

Along with another similarly clad young woman, Minetti began gyrating. Both stripped down to their lingerie.

Fadil told the court how Berlusconi offered her an envelope containing four e500 (R5 200) notes, telling her that the gesture was “not meant to offend”. – Sapa-dpa