Colin Firth’s wife’s ex-lover officially charged with harassment | People

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Like in Fatal Attraction, history seems to have repeated but in real life. Journalist Marco Bancaccia has been formally accused of harassing Colin Firth’s wife, according to the British newspaper. The Times. Livia Firth and the Italian journalist had a relationship that lasted 11 months during a marriage separation that occurred between 2015 and 2016 and which they agreed to keep private.

Last year, Livia Firth denounced to the Italian police “the terrifying campaign of harassment” to which she was subjected by the journalist and an investigation was opened that forced the actor and his wife to explain under what circumstances this relationship had taken place extramarital and the reasons that had forced them to go to the police. During the investigation, “abusive messages and emails” were found on Brancaccia’s phone despite the fact that he denied the facts.

Last Tuesday the lawyers of both parties appeared in a closed hearing that took place in Rome and in which the charges were formalized, although due to a strike the hearing was moved to next July, at which time the judge will decide whether whether or not you send the case to trial. Brancaccia faces a possible sentence of five years and in the word of the prosecutor María Monteleone “we have sufficient evidence, otherwise we would not have asked to go to trial.”

Last March, Brancaccia, 55, denied the accusations that Firth, 57, and his wife, 48, have made against him and told the magazine People that he had barely had contact with Livia since their relationship ended. “The reality is that Livia and I have known each other since we were young and then we had an 11-month love relationship between 2015 and 2016,” explained the journalist. “It ended in June 2016 and I did not call her again. I sent her two messages from WhatsApp, a text message birthday greeting and an email to Colin, which I really regret.

Italian journalist Marco Branccacia.Twitter

In this message, he told the British actor about the relationship he had with his wife. “I sent it in a moment of frustration, of sadness,” Brancaccia has argued. “It was a terrible mistake, so much so that I even apologized. But going from that to being a stalker is not correct, “he explained.

Brancaccia also referred to telling Colin Firth the details of his relationship with his wife, after seeing the couple appear on television together. “It hurt a lot, so I wrote to him and told him everything. After a couple of days, he replied. He was polite. He wrote something like: ‘You hurt me, but I understand that it hurts you too.’ After that, I never came back to contact them, “he says.

The Italian journalist was also not shy about giving details about his 11-month affair. He said that he and Livia Firth used to travel so they could see each other “as many times as possible” and that during that period they visited Italy, Brazil, London and New York. “It was a love story,” he said. And he explained that the end of their relationship occurred when he pressured Livia to divorce her husband. “When I asked her when she would tell Colin, she abruptly ended our relationship.

The Firths have recognized the adventure that Livia had with Marco Brancaccia during their separation. And they explained that when they resumed their marriage relationship, they faced for months a “terrifying campaign of harassment” by Branccacia, which is neatly documented. A situation that the Firths have never wanted to make public for obvious reasons. , much of which is documented. For obvious reasons, the Firths have never had any desire to go public with this matter. “

Firth and Livia were married in 1997 and have two children, Luca, 16, and Matteo, 15. Brancaccia reacted to the marriage lawsuit by presenting, in May 2017, a crime of libel against Livia Firth, on a false accusation against the police or judicial authority.