Groom insists he wed absent star
THE mystery over Gina Lollobrigida's (pictured) "fake wedding" deepened last night after her former lover insisted he had legitimately married the Italian film star, despite her not being at the ceremony.
Javier Rigau y Rafols (51) said Miss Lollobrigida had consented to the wedding, willingly signed all the necessary documents and had agreed to marry him by proxy.
Miss Lollobrigida, who was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1960s, filed a complaint earlier this week with police in Rome, claiming she had recently discovered that Mr Rigau had "secretly" married her without her knowledge.
The 85-year-old said she would never have consented to the wedding, which took place in November 2010, in a church in Barcelona, and accused her ex-lover of paying an impostor to stand in for her.
He was trying to lay claim to her £30m (€35m) estate, she alleged. (© Daily Telegraph, London)