Date dumps Bo Derek for teen in prostitution scandal

In this taken Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 and made available Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, Karima El Mahrough nicknamed Ruby gestures in Milan, Italy. Karima El Mahrough, the Moroccan teenager at the center 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 compensate her for the hurt she has suffered. She is reportedly negotiating with Richard Lugner, a 78-year-old Austrian who loves the limelight, to be his date for Vienna's famous Opera Ball.

February 21, 2011 8:10:21 AM PST
An Austrian news agency is quoting a quirky construction mogul as saying he won't be taking actress Bo Derek to Vienna's famous Opera Ball after all and that her replacement may be the teenager embroiled in a sex scandal surrounding Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Richard Lugner, a 78-year-old who loves the limelight, books a different celebrity for the fancy affair every year. Recent dates have included Paris Hilton and Dita Von Teese. Lugner announced last week that Derek, who starred in "Tarzan, the Ape Man," would be next.

The Austria Press Agency on Sunday quoted Lugner as saying he would cancel his contract with the 54-year-old because she wanted $25,000 more than originally agreed to.

Lugner later also told APA his team has almost completed negotiations with Karima el-Mahroug, an 18-year-old nicknamed Ruby, who is at the center of a prostitution scandal that has sent Berlusconi to trial.