The Conviction of Andrea Piazzolla: A ‘Toyboy’ Jailed for Embezzling £9 Million
Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida’s former assistant, Andrea Piazzolla, 36, faces a three-year jail sentence in Italy for embezzling £9 million from the iconic beauty queen before her passing at the age of 95 in January.
The ‘Toyboy’ Accusation: Piazzolla’s Conviction for ‘Brainwashing’ and Fraud
Piazzolla, labeled a ‘toyboy’ by Italian media, was convicted of ‘brainwashing’ and defrauding Lollobrigida from 2013 to 2018.
The court in Rome heard how he swindled the actress out of £9 million worth of property, cash, cars, and jewelry while serving as her assistant.
Manipulation Allegations: Legal Dispute Over Lollobrigida’s Will
The legal battle intensified when, in Lollobrigida’s will, she split her assets between her son, Milko Skofic Jr., and Piazzolla.
This prompted accusations from the family, claiming that the assistant manipulated the actress into sharing her estate, leading to a longstanding dispute.
Piazzolla’s Exploits: Alleged Misuse of Lollobrigida’s Wealth
Details emerged of Piazzolla’s alleged misuse of Lollobrigida’s wealth, including the purchase of sports cars with the actress’s money, later sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The assistant was found guilty of taking advantage of Lollobrigida’s age and vulnerability to amass the majority of her estate.
Conviction and Restitution: Piazzolla Ordered to Return £500,000 to Skofic
Piazzolla, who started working for Lollobrigida in 2009, has been ordered to immediately hand over more than £500,000 to Milko Skofic Jr. after being convicted of embezzling £9 million from the actress.
Legal Maneuvers and Claims: Piazzolla Vows to Appeal
Despite the conviction, Piazzolla’s lawyers claim that Lollobrigida was not vulnerable and knew what she was doing when signing the will. Piazzolla, who has vowed to appeal against his sentence, maintains that he cared for Lollobrigida with love.
Family’s Perspective: Skofic’s Accusations of Isolation and Control
Milko Skofic Jr. accused Piazzolla of isolating Lollobrigida, stating that he ruined the last years of his mother’s life by keeping her away from friends and controlling her environment. Skofic launched legal action against Piazzolla as early as 2015, alleging control over the firm managing Lollobrigida’s assets.
Decade-Long Relationship: Piazzolla’s Rise from Driver to Manager
The complex relationship between Lollobrigida and Piazzolla spans over a decade, beginning when he became her driver at the age of 24. Over the years, he progressed to being her handyman, manager, and eventually moved in with her along with his partner.
Legacy and Controversies: Lollobrigida’s Personal Life Beyond the Scandal
Gina Lollobrigida, a film star and sex symbol of the 1960s and 70s, starred in over 60 films and achieved international fame alongside stars like Sean Connery and Rock Hudson.
The article briefly explores Lollobrigida’s illustrious career and her post-acting pursuits as a photographer and sculptor.
Final Controversy: Previous Allegations and Personal Life Intricacies
The scandal involving Piazzolla is not the first controversy in Lollobrigida’s personal life. Previous accusations against a former lover, Javier Rigau, are revisited, including claims of marriage fraud and attempts to inherit her wealth.
Legacy Beyond Scandal: Gina Lollobrigida’s Enduring Influence on Italian Cinema
The article concludes by acknowledging Lollobrigida’s lasting impact on Italian cinema, despite the controversies surrounding her personal life.
From her iconic roles in films like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” to her post-acting endeavors, Lollobrigida’s legacy remains a complex tapestry.