Anne Hathaway and Raffaello on 8/8/07. ANG/Fame Pictures
It’s official: Raffaello Follieri is a con man. The Italian sleazeball, who rode to fame on actress girlfriend Anne Hathaway’s couture coattails, has entered guilty pleas to all 14 charges, including conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. He is expected to be sentenced to at least five years in a federal prison. In his allocution, Follieri admitted that he knew what he was doing was wrong.
Anne Hathaway’s ex won’t be bothering her anytime soon — well at least for the next 5 years — after the dirtball pled guilty to 14 counts of con-artistry just moments ago in a Manhattan Federal court.
Raffaello Follieri will serve at least five years in prison for filching $6 mil while pretending to be the Vatican’s chief money man.
Meanwhile, Anne gave her first real interview about the situtation with Follieri in an upcoming issue of W magazine.
Anne Hathaway is breaking her silence about her split from Italian beau Raffaello Follieri, who was arrested in June on charges of wire fraud and money laundering.
“As soon as I found out about the arrest, I had to get on a plane to Mexico to do a press tour for Get Smart,” she says in October’s W. “And then I spent a week in shock at a friend’s house.”
(Vanity Fair has reported that Hathaway, 25, broke off her four-year relationship with Follieri, 30, just hours before his arrest. “You were the love of my life,” she told him by phone on June 23.)
On Wednesday, Follieri pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. He will serve more than four years in prison.
“It’s a situation where the rug was pulled out from under me all of a sudden,” Hathaway tells W of the incident. “But just as suddenly, my friends threw another rug back under me. One said, ‘Go stay at my house.’
“And [Get Smart co-star] Steve Carell stepped up for me during an interview when someone asked a question [about it]. He said, ‘At some point you’re going to have to talk about this time in your life. You don’t have to do it this week. I’ll take care of anything that comes your way.’
“I’ve been shown such kindness,” Hathaway goes on, wiping a tear from her face. “Not everyone gets that. A lot of people go through tough times alone.”
She says she is still not over the ordeal (she admitted to reading Gandhi’s autobiography When Things Fall Apart).
While visiting her Rachel Getting Married director Jonathan Demme and his family, she got sad.
“They all had so much going on. And I just started to cry because I thought, ‘I don’t have a life right now,’” she says. “And I haven’t for some time, and I just haven’t noticed.”
“In the fall I’ll start focusing again,” Hathaway continues, “but right now I need to be me for a little bit.
It sounds like Anne was really blindsided by this – unfortunately, she was the last to know that she was dating a big phony. Rumors about Rafaello were swirling around for months before he was finally nabbed, but sometimes when you are in the middle of a situation, it’s hard for you to believe that the person you think you know isn’t the real deal. Anyway, I’m glad the guy is being forced to pay for his crimes- and I hope Anne is a lot more careful from now on.
Anne Hathaway is shown at the Toronto Film Festival at the premiere of “Rachel Getting Married” on 9/6/08. Credit: WENN.