During a hiatus in their marriage in 2015 and 2016, Colin Firth’s wife of 21 years Livia Giuggioli hooked up with a childhood friend named Marco Brancaccia. According to Livia’s side of things, Marco was a casual thing to pass some time before returning to her husband, and that Marco got stalker-y and obsessive. But Marco’s side of the story was that Livia was talking about trading in scones for cannoli, aka she was going to leave Colin for Marco. Obviously that didn’t happen. The only thing Marco ended up with was a stalking charge.
The Times UK says that Marco was charged with stalking in Italy. In March, Marco denied stalking Livia and Colin, but clearly the legal system saw otherwise. At a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday in Rome, prosecutor Maria Monteleone said they asked for a trial because they believed they had enough evidence of stalker-y behavior. Colin and Livia claimed that Marco had been harassing them for several months, with Livia saying Marco’s actions had her living in fear. Italian investigators seized Marco’s phone and computer, and reportedly found evidence of “abusive messages and emails” on both.
Marco Brancaccia faces up to five years in jail if convicted. Another hearing has been scheduled for July.
I’m glad for Colin that this is getting handled by the court. Because I just don’t know if I see him as a cold-blooded Liam Neeson in Taken-style vengeance-seeker. Or who knows? Maybe I’m way off the mark and Colin has much more in common with some of the characters he plays after all. In which case, I’ll be waiting with anticipation to read about this court trial getting temporarily suspended while they fix the glass Colin broke while throwing Marco through a window.