Karima El-Mahroug outside court
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Berlusconi trial: 'Ruby' Karima Mahroug at Milan court

4 April 2013 Last updated at 15:08 BST

Dancer Karima El-Mahroug - known as "Ruby Heartstealer" - has staged a protest outside a court in Italy to deny claims she was paid for having sex with former PM Silvio Berlusconi.

"I'm not a prostitute. I've never had sex with Silvio Berlusconi," she said in a statement read outside the court.

She is upset over the Milan court's decision not to hear her testimony in the case against the former PM, who denies paying for sex with her in 2010 when she was aged just 17.

Having sex with a female who is under 18 is a crime in Italy.