Actor Colin Firth’s spouse, Livia Giuggioli, an Italian film producer and director, has confirmed she had an affair with the person she’s now accusing of stalking her and her husband.
The Firths, who’ve been collectively for over twenty years, apparently separated for a short time a pair years again. Throughout this time, Giuggioli started an affair with lifelong good friend and journalist Marco Brancaccia, who has launched a “horrifying marketing campaign of harassment” in opposition to the pair, who’ve since gotten again collectively, the couple’s consultant mentioned Friday.
“For apparent causes, the Firths have by no means had any need to make this matter public. A couple of years in the past Colin and Livia privately made the choice to separate. Throughout that point Livia briefly grew to become concerned with former good friend Mr. Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited,” a consultant for the actor advised HuffPost Friday in a press release.
The assertion comes after studies concerning the allegations have been made public as a result of leaked courtroom paperwork, which presumably stem from the indictment in opposition to Brancaccia made by Italian prosecutors after the Firths lodged a harassment grievance.
“Subsequently, Mr. Brancaccia carried out a daunting marketing campaign of harassment over a number of months, a lot of which is documented,” the assertion continued. “As a consequence of his stalking, threats and refusal to desist, the authorized grievance was lodged with the Italian authorities.”
The couple relies in London, however the Firths even have a house in Umbria, Italy.
Brancaccia, who works for the ANSA information company, is now the topic of an Italian police investigation. He has denied the allegations and accused Giuggioli of fabricating the stalking claims to cowl up the affair, which he says occurred between 2015 and 2016.
“We have been romantically concerned, she needed to go away Colin for me,” he mentioned in a press release to The Occasions revealed Friday morning. He added that the couple’s marriage had “been over for years.”
Brancaccia went on to say that he solely despatched two WhatsApp messages to Giuggioli, in addition to an e mail detailing the affair to Firth, who he describes as “understanding.”
“In a yr she despatched me tons of of messages of affection, pictures and movies, even a diary,” he added.
Firth and Giuggioli share two youngsters collectively Luca, 16 and Matteo, 15. The Oscar-winner additionally has one other son, from a earlier relationship to actress Meg Tilly.
CORRECTION: A earlier model of this text misstated that Colin Firth and Meg Tilly have been married.