Colin Firth’s spouse had a secret fling with the journalist she now accuses of stalking her, it has emerged.
Livia Giuggioli prompted a police investigation after claiming her childhood good friend Marco Brancaccia had harassed her for months in a “scary” marketing campaign.
The 48-year-old Italian movie producer, who tied the knot with Firth in 1997, instructed police that she was residing in concern after receiving a barrage of threatening messages and texts.
Brancaccia, 55, denied the harassment allegations, telling The Instances that Giuggioli had invented the claims to cowl up the affair they’d had between 2015 and 2016.
“Mr Brancaccia has completely nothing to do with the occasions described and has already filed a authorized grievance to guard his good identify and his honour, and to have the ability to provide his model of the reality of what occurred,” his legal professionals mentioned in an announcement.
Giuggioli has since confirmed that the pair did the truth is have a short fling after she quietly separated from her Oscar-winning husband however insisted that her former lover turned nasty as soon as she reunited with Firth.
“Just a few years in the past Colin and Livia privately made the choice to separate. Throughout that point Livia briefly turned concerned with former good friend Mr Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited.
“Subsequently, Mr Brancaccia carried out a daunting marketing campaign of harassment over a number of months, a lot of which is documented. For apparent causes, the Firths have by no means had any want to make this matter public.”
Italian newspaper La Repubblican had reported that Brancaccia started stalking the mom of two in September 2016 as a result of he couldn’t face being lower out of her life. He’s accused of threatening to put in writing compromising articles about her and Firth earlier than emailing images to the British actor, prompting a police probe.