Karima El Mahroug, a 17-year-old night club dancer who also has a nickname Ruby Rubacuori
, has become so popular right now.Berlusconi's Ruby wants compensationThe Moroccan teenager at the centre of a prostitution scandal that has sent Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi to trial says she has done nothing wrong and that "all the gold in the world" could not make up for the suffering she has endured.
In an e-mail exchange with The Associated Press on Wednesday and yesterday, the woman nicknamed Ruby lamented that she has been "treated as a prostitute by all the Italian and foreign media".
"I want to be compensated for having been hurt so much and all the gold in the world would not be enough," Ruby, whose real name is Karima el-Mahroug, wrote to the AP in Italian.
Ruby, now 18, requested euro15,000 (US$20,340) for a full TV interview from the AP, saying: "I don't do anything for nothing."UPDATE: 21 Feb 2011
Dancer in Berlusconi case may grace Vienna ballThe nightclub dancer at the center of a political storm in Italy involving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is set to be the star guest at Vienna's famed Opera Ball this year, a spokesman for her host said.
Karima el Mahroug -- an 18-year-old dancer known by her stage name Ruby Rubacuori (Ruby Heartstealer) -- will be the special guest of Vienna construction magnate and social lion Richard Lugner, his spokesman said on Monday.
"We have received an e-mail confirmation from her that she has agreed to the terms. The contract should be drawn up in Italian today," the spokesman said, declining to give any details about how much she will earn for her appearance.
Ruby has become a focus of an investigation into Berlusconi, who has been ordered to stand trial in April on charges of paying an underage girl for sex and abusing his position to get her out of police custody.
Lugner, 78, has had many a beauty on his arm for the glittering Opera Ball, the highlight of Vienna's ball season which is being held on March 3.
Paris Hilton, Dita von Teese and Sophia Loren have been his guests, although Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan dropped out last year and actress Bo Derek failed to agree on terms this year.
Ruby has told newspapers that she attended parties at Berlusconi's residence three times and said they were "normal dinners" with lots of food, laughter and jokes.
She denies she had affair with Berlusconi, but says he gave her 7,000 euros ($9,586) since she was in financial trouble.UPDATE: 21 DEC 2011Ruby the Heart Stealer becomes a mother at 19
The teenaged Moroccan at the centre of Silvio Berlusconi's trial for sex with an underage prostitute has had a baby fathered by a nightclub owner more than twice her age, Italian media reported on Tuesday.
The baby's father, nightclub boss Luca Risso, said the baby would be named Sofia Aida and added: 'She is well and with her mother.Dancer Karima El Mahroug , better known by her stage name "Ruby the Heart-Stealer" , was just 17 when the then prime minister allegedly paid to have sex with her last year, a crime punishable by up to three years in prison.
If convicted, the 75-yearold Berlusconi also faces up to 12 years in prison for abuse of power after he allegedly put pressure on the police to have El Mahroug, now 19, released from custody in an unrelated case.