Colin Firth’s wife drops stalking charges against her former lover to prevent details about their affair
Colin Firth’s wife Livia Giuggiolo (both pictured in 2017 in Cannes, France) has dropped stalking charges against her ex lover
Colin Firth’s wife has dropped stalking charges against her former lover to prevent details about their affair being exposed, it was reported last night.
Livia Giuggiolo reported Italian journalist Marco Brancaccia to the police, claiming she was ‘living in terror’.
She later admitted she had embarked on a year-long affair during a brief separation with Firth, 57.
Brancaccia, 55, allegedly bombarded her with threatening phone calls and text messages after the relationship ended, as well as emailing compromising photographs to Firth.
The journalist, who works for Italian news agency Ansa, is a childhood friend of film producer Miss Giuggioli, 48.
He was said to have started harassing her in September 2016 because he could not face being cut out of her life.
The journalist also threatened to write compromising articles about the couple, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
Miss Giuggiolo said she was living in terror and thought Brancaccia might be following her.
She reported him to police after their relationship ended in 2016. Prosecutors said he subjected them to a ‘terrifying ordeal’ after Miss Giuggioli went back to her husband.
The court case in Rome yesterday was halted by a last-minute deal, The Sun reported.
In a joint statement, the couple’s lawyers said: ‘In the best interests of their families, the parties have agreed a private settlement.
‘The parties have asked the court for a postponement of the preliminary hearing in order to formalise the agreement.
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‘This agreement precludes any further public statement by any of the parties about this matter.’
An anonymous source told the Sun that Brancaccia wanted to ‘clear his name’.
According to the source, it is also believed that Firth and Miss Giuggioli did not want any of their private details made public in court.
Italy introduced a law against stalking in 2009 following an increase in women being harassed and murdered, sometimes by former partners. If found guilty, Brancaccia could have faced up to four years in jail. Miss Giuggioli has been married to Firth for more than 20 years and the pair have two sons.
She is an Oxfam ambassador and has travelled to Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh and Zambia, and is a founding member of Annie Lennox’s The Circle, a women’s advocacy group.
She also founded Eco-Age, a consultancy that advises fashion companies on environmental sustainability. Her husband thanked her ‘for putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty’ in his Oscar acceptance speech for his role in The King’s Speech.
Firth began to learn Italian after he started courting Miss Giuggioli and speaks the language fluently. He applied for Italian citizenship after describing Brexit as a ‘disaster’ in an interview with an Austrian newspaper in 2016.
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