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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Lollobrigida in action over fake wedding plot

Michael Day

Published 30/01/2013|05:00

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It's not unknown for ageing divas of the silver screen to get hitched to men half their age. For an actress to marry a toyboy without appearing at the wedding, does seem rather peculiar, however.

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But Italian screen legend Gina Lollobrigida (85) is pressing charges against an ex-flame who "married" her without her knowing to get her inheritance.

The actress said Spanish businessman Francisco Javier Rigau Rafols, who was 44 when the two were together in 2006-7, swindled a court into making him the recipient of her estate.

Lollobrigida told authorities in Rome that Rigau conned her into signing documents that gave him power of attorney over her. Thus armed, he popped over to Barcelona to register the couple as spouses in 2010, according to Italian newspapers. (© Independent News Service)

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