Anne Hathaway arrives in NYC as her ex-fiancé Raffaello Follieri is deported

I’ve been wanting to talk about this stuff for DAYS but we’ve only just gotten these new photos of Anne Hathaway, so I’m using them as an excuse to discuss all things Raffaello Follieri. First, these are new photos of Anne and her fiancé Adam Shulman at LAX, heading onto a flight to NYC, then arriving in NYC the same day (yesterday). Anne’s newly-shorn hair is definitely looking a bit better. I think she might even be rocking a slight faux-hawk in some of these pics, which… would be an awesome look for her. She chopped it off for Les Miserables, and I think it’s going to be a bitch for her to grow back. I’m predicting some really awkward stages.

Anyway, I find the timing of these photos very interesting. Anne was in England filming for months. Then she went to Miami. Then she went to LA. It was almost like she was avoiding the northeastern seaboard like the plague. So what was going on? Well, her ex-fiancé Raffaello Follieri was just released from jail yesterday. Remember him? The Vati-CON scandal? Annie was engaged to a con man who grifted millions of dollars from several very prominent, important people under the auspices of some Vatican land scheme – when in truth he was just financing his glitzy lifestyle with Anne. Follieri has been in federal prison (in Pennsylvania) since 2008, and he was just released this week. He was immediately deported to Italy:

Anne Hathaway’s con-man ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri is about to be released from jail after serving nearly four years — and faces deportation back to Italy, Page Six can reveal. Follieri was jailed for 4 1/2 years in October 2008 after he pleaded guilty to 14 counts of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Follieri is due out [Thursday] and will be handed over to federal officials to arrange his deportation.

A spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told The Post’s Bruce Golding: “It is anticipated that Mr. Follieri will enter ICE custody for removal after his release . . . ICE does not discuss removal plans with the public due to privacy and safety concerns.”

Follieri and Hathaway dated for four years but split in June 2008 just before his arrest. She is now engaged to Adam Shulman.

Follieri’s spokesperson and friend Melanie A. Bonvicino told us, “After my visit with Raffaello last week in Loretto federal prison, where he has for the past 48 months focused solely on his education, charitable endeavors and physical transformation, it is my understanding from counsel, that he is indeed to be transferred into the custody of ICE for immediate processing and subsequent deportation back to Italy where he is expected to be released into the care of his family.”

She added Follieri, “Expects to resume his role at the helm of the Follieri Group.”

[From Page Six]

Er… Follieri expects to return to The Follieri Group? Poor guy. I mean, he’s a con artist and he stole money and it was one of the most interesting confidence schemes of the past ten years or so, but still. I feel like he’s probably pretty delusional – like he conned himself too. I wonder what Anne thinks about all of this? I would imagine that the prosecutors or somebody gave her a heads up a few weeks before everything went down. It’s always interesting to remember this backstory with Anne – and how in the world did she manage to come out of it unscathed?

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. brin says:

    Follieri Group? You mean they didn’t catch the rest of them?

    • RocketMerry says:

      I think Follieri Group is a legit private business company based in NYC.
      Although I never was quite capable of understanding what exactly they deal with.

      Anne is very image savy, that’s why she kept a squeaky clean public persona all this time. That’s also the reason why we get to see her on this very day (Follieri’s release) in a cute series of pictures.

  2. Kaboom says:

    Shulman looks like a softer version of Zach Braff.

  3. QQ says:

    Well as i understood or read in some places she kinda was working with the feds in the end

  4. TG says:

    I wonder if she wasn’t dazzled by the billion dollar lifestyle scam he was presenting. I mean I think many a young girl falls prey to a dazzling man and then if they are lucky they get smart and learn from their mistakes/weakenesses and move on. I know I was dazzled by a jerk my first time around. I was never looking for a man to support me though and have never been impressed with money but still. Anyway, looks like she learned her lesson. I am obsessed with the Folieri scandel though. He even fulled former President Bill Clinton and his close advisor Billionaire Ron Burkle. I mean these guys aren’t normally stupid so this guy must have been super slick and maybe poor Annie didn’t have a chance. Can I just say I love that he has been focusing on charitable endeavors while in prison. With whose money I wonder? LOL

  5. Tapioca says:

    Oh c’mon guys! Does anyone really believe that Anne knew NOTHING about his illegal activities and didn’t think to question where he got millions of dollars?

    The wife/GF always knows – girl sang like a canary and was home free…

    • Anne says:

      I don’t think that’s true. Do you really think they cozied up on the couch at night and he giggled with her about how he was scamming all these people?? Otherwise, how would she have known what he did (illegally) in his business. Have him audited? How many girlfriends/wives ask to review their significant other’s business accounts? Seriously, unless someone flat-out told her, how would she have known??

      • jess says:

        “hey hun, how’s the vatican project going? can i see pictures?” its very easy to ask/be in the know about your significant others work dealings…

  6. Lucy2 says:

    I think she was naive about it, busy with her own career, and didn’t ask questions. Sounds like the guy fooled a lot of people.
    That prison is pretty far from NYC (I know someone who works there) so unless they let him go back to NYC for some reason, i doubt she was avoiding his release.

  7. Noel says:

    She had to know what was going on. It always annoys me when the wife or girlfriend says she has no idea that her husband or boyfriend was involved in illegal activity to gain money. If you are with someone very long you learn everything. This lady should be behind bars.

  8. Ally says:

    What the situation exemplifies is how so many of these young singers/actresses work hard and make great, high-earning careers, yet are still in the mindset of finding a man wealthier than themselves to be their breadwinner.

    It’s like it’s the 1950s with girls going to college to meet future lawyers and doctors, except now it’s models, actresses and singers looking for a big wallet to buy them more purses and pay for the hotel rooms. Weird and pathetic.

  9. Kristen says:

    She’s looked kind of grumpy in most photos lately. I think that she totally regrets that hair cut.

  10. danielle says:

    I never thought she knew. I always think it’s odd when people think the wife/gf know everything. I trust my bf totally, honestly, that would make it fairly easy to be fooled, hate to admit it. And cheaters, addicts, and con artists are all world class liars.

  11. normades says:

    I think Anne was too into herself to notice. She received tons of expensive gifts and they were living in Trump Tower.

    She is very image savvy and I don’t think her engagement was an accident.