- Associated Press - Sunday, February 20, 2011

VIENNA (AP) - 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.

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