Livia Giuggioli, the wife of actor Colin Firth, has admitted to having an affair with an Italian journalist who now denounces that he is stalking her. The 48-year-old film producer, who married Firth, 57, in 1997, accused Marco Brancaccia, 55, of harassment and claimed he sent her a series of “scary” messages. The accusation has sparked a police investigation in Italy, according to The Times.
Brancaccia has denied the facts to the newspaper and assures that Giuggioli is lying in an attempt to cover up their relationship, which occurred between 2015 and 2016.
In a statement, published by The Times, the couple has confirmed this case, saying, “A few years ago, Colin and Livia made the decision to separate in private. During that time, Livia had a brief relationship with Mr. Brancaccia. The Firths have been together ever since.” He adds: “Subsequently, Mr. Brancaccia carried out a terrifying campaign of harassment for several months, much of which is documented. For obvious reasons, the Firths have never had any desire to make this matter public.” To conclude: “It is understood that the information this week on this case is the consequence of a court document that has been leaked. This is very regrettable.”
Firth and Giuggioli have been married for 20 years and have two children, Luca, 16, and Matteo, 13. They currently live in London, but also own a house in the Italian region of Umbria.
The details of the investigation were first revealed by The Republic, which stated that Brancaccia was accused of threatening to write compromising articles about the couple. Brancaccia, who currently works for the Italian agency ANSA, told the publication that the allegations were false. “My ‘stalking’ consisted of two messages via WhatsApp after she ended our relationship in June 2016, and one email,” he said.
“I wrote an email to Colin about my relationship with Livia, and now I regret sending it. She filed a complaint against me out of fear that I might make public what she had revealed to me about her marriage and her work,” he added. “In a year, she sent me hundreds of love messages, photos and videos, even a diary,” explained the journalist, assuring that Firth had shown “understanding.”