Anne Hathaway’s ex says jail is yucky and makes him sick

Convicted felon Raffaelo Follieri doesn’t like life behind bars. The former high roller is so appalled by the conditions in prison, it’s making him sick- literally. His lawyer has written a letter to the court asking that he be moved to a prison with better conditions. All together now: “Boo hoo.” Seriously, though, this prison sounds completely disgusting and it’s no wonder a delicate metrosexual flower like Raffy boy is sick.

Raffaello Follieri, the Italian businessman who dated actress Anne Hathaway, says his health has deteriorated because of “unspeakably unsanitary” jail conditions and wants to be moved.

Follieri, 30, once enjoyed a lavish globe-trotting lifestyle and dated Hathaway for four years before he was arrested in June for lying about ties to the Vatican for a real estate scheme.

Since he was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison for fraud last month, he has had to contend with rotten food, foul odors and unclean toilets and as result is running a fever and has blood in his urine, according to a letter from his lawyer made available on Wednesday.

“He says that he cannot eat because the food appears to be spoiled and that the toilet and shower facilities are unspeakably unsanitary,” the letter from Flora Edwards said.

“There is excrement in the shower and rats are roaming freely in the area. He says the stench is intolerable,” the letter continued.

Follieri has been held in a windowless dormitory with 120 other men. Edwards requested he be moved to a different jail while awaiting transfer to a prison.

Follieri pleaded guilty last month to profiting $2.4 million from a scheme that exaggerated Vatican ties to mislead investors, including California supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle, into thinking he could buy the Catholic Church’s real estate at cheaper prices.

[From Reuters]

Where the heck is he doing time – Oz? It sounds horrible – but I guess if prison was nice, it wouldn’t be much of a punishment. If you recall, Follieri begged prosecutors to allow him to serve his time in Italy instead of America. Maybe the prisons there have luxury spas and gourmet Italian food. I haven’t been able to find which Federal prison he’s shacked up in. Sources said at the time of his sentencing that he’d be shipped off to either Fort Dix in New Jersey or Otisville in upstate New York, but no more information has been published since then. My question is: does this ever work? Do people get released from prison because they get sick? If so, everyone on maximum security should get to work on getting some blood in their urine.

Raffaelo Follieri is pictured above in better days with his ex girlfriend, Anne Hathaway, at the Academy Awards. I’m sure the conditions at the Kodak Theater were much nicer. Photo credit: WENN.

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  1. hank says:

    you know, if he gets to move because conditions are that bad, then so should every other inmate in that prison. his health is not more important than any of the other inmates, and if the sanitation is that awful, maybe the prison should be closed down, or you know, cleaned.

  2. Anna says:

    He doesn’t have to blame it on the rats if he is pooping his pants out of fear every day.

    The guy is a douchebag who got what he deserved. I am sure this is exaggerated. And if it isn’t: I’m not the one who’s gonna pity him.

    I guess that anything below Four Seasons standard is unsanitary and anything below Bocuse cuisine is rotten food to this jerk.

    I bet Anne is having a good laugh at this one and she should. 😀

  3. yadira says:

    what a tampon!

  4. Mark says:

    I agree that all of the other inmates shouldn’t have to suffer the same conditions especially if he doesn’t have to.

  5. Shona says:

    Thats jail for yeh! When I was younger I was in a youth club that organised for us to be shown around a full prison, to discourage us from getting into a life of crime and all that. Its everything that the letter describes and worse, much worse. The poor dear 😛

  6. Izzy says:

    He’s not in prison yet, only in a holding jail where inmates are crammed in like slaves were in ships 200 years ago. The conditions are inhuman, even by jail or prison standards. Unfortunately, it was designed to hold 30 people, not 120. Those holding cells are more of a deterrent than prison could ever be.

  7. Cari says:

    Suck it up Raffy.

    I dunno, maybe he should’ve thought about that *before* committing the crimes. 🙄

  8. Baholicious says:

    My apartment is haunted. CB, any clues as to who I can turn to here? Sorry for being off-topic but it’s been a particularly ‘active’ day.

  9. RAN says:

    Seriously Baho? If so, I’m fascinated… do tell! Or are you kidding?

  10. Baholicious says:

    No Ran, I am not kidding. It’s not just a ghost, it’s an entity. I don’t need to make things up for attention, I could do that all by myself (judging by my posts, LOL) – seriously. Yes, I have ‘company’ 🙁

  11. Feebee says:

    The conditions sound deplorable but you’d have to take the report with a grain of salt due to it’s source.

    He should suck it up and just be glad he’ll be serving his time in the federal as opposed to state prison system.

  12. Arvedia says:

    I´m a bit surprised that it seems ok for Americans to accept such conditions, even temporarily. Being in prison means losing your freedom, not your dignity (at least that´s the German take on things). This guy didn´t hurt the hair on any one´s head. He shouldn´t be exposed to rats and excrement, and neither should anyone else. That´s what civilization is about. Just saying.

  13. Kim says:

    What did he expect? A five star hotel?

  14. brista says:

    My apartment is haunted. CB, any clues as to who I can turn to here?

    Well, the obvious people to call is Ghostbusters…

  15. Kristin says:

    That’s what jail is unfortunately.

  16. huh says:

    I don’t want to defend him in any way but several thoughts:

    1)He is supposed to serve 4.5 years for fraud when Nick Hogan served 8 months for basically killing a guy….WTH?

    I know, federal crime/state crime but $2.4 million from already rich investors (who really should have done some research/background checks) compared to putting a guy in a vegetative state for the rest of his life?

    2) Prison should not be pleasant but nor should it be unsanitary or or unsafe or abusive in any way. No gourmet meals but food should certainly not be rotten. (If that is the case.)

  17. Ling says:

    I couldn’t handle it if there was poo in the shower and Bubonic plague roaming the halls and I would most certainly do everything in my power to get out. Does that make me a, ahem, “tampon”?

  18. Sarah says:

    Lol!! Oz!! Imagine HIM being there!! That would be so much fun to watch – for US!

  19. Anon says:

    I’m with Arvedia on this one.

    If it is that bad – and NO ONE should be forced to eat rotten food or nothing – then there should be an investigation and all inmates should be moved to more sanitary conditions.

  20. Anna says:

    Baholicious: why don’t you do a google search on hauntings? there are many experts for the paranormal out there who will gladly come to help you out and analyse what exactly is going on.
    Type “paranormal experts” in the search box. People who are serious about what they do will not charge you but are generally happy if you are willing to pay the cost of film and gas, for example.

    Start with these, maybe

    it’s the official webpage of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the couple who accompanied the Amityville Horror case. He is deceased, but Lorraine is still working (to my knowledge).

    Hope this helps!

    And now we can go back to griping about Follieri! 🙂

  21. The Old KC says:

    Baholicious, you have to divulge the details! What is going on? I know this is a celebrity gossip site and it’s off-topic but I can’t resist a good ghost story. If I must tie it to the current topic, is your haunting so bad that you would want to trade places with Raffaelo? 😀

  22. vdantev says:

    Some cheese with that whine ?

  23. tigerlille says:

    @ Izzy

    I would like to read more about this. Any online sources of info? Where is he being held?

    I have to admit, I started out feeling disgusted with Follieri like just about everyone else, but if the conditions described by his attorney are accurate, it is appalling. No one should be confined in such circumstances.

  24. brianne says:

    It’s JAIL, you know, meant to be a detterent to commiting crimes! When you lie cheat and steal, you get to go live in a hole. It’s a basic social contract that comes with living amongst other humans. DUH! Maybe he’ll think good and hard before he scams the vatican again. I’m not even religious or anything, but scamming the vatican? If that’s not sacrilege I don’t know what is!

  25. jess says:

    Anna- I was going to suggest Lorraine Warren too! I’m reading their biography and I love her on Paranormal State.
    As for this A**hole…I can say this b/c I’m Italian…He’s a typical Italian momma’s boy, pansy ass that needs to shut up and serve time for the crimes he committed. I HIGHLY doubt it’s that bad.

  26. Vannuccia says:

    Get use to it, Pasta Boy!

  27. gg says:

    meh, he’s a fathead and she is a Goddess!

  28. gg says:

    Re Amityville — you do realize the couple and two friends have come clean that they made it all up just to make money …