It was one of the most shocking scandals in Italy of the 1990s: a glamorous socialite, more used to tabloid headlines about her super-rich exploits, Patrizia Reggiani, had been accused and later found guilty of ordering the assassination of her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, of the famous fashion dynasty.
So intriguing is the story, it is set to be brought to life on the big screen, with a new film House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver as the warring couple, and Ridley Scott behind the camera directing.
First look images from the set have reignited interest in the case, with Italian media clamouring to talk to the woman at the heart of it all, once known as Lady Gucci and now dubbed the Black Widow.
Not one to shy away from publicity, Reggiani has been giving interviews again of late, recently speaking to a Milanese newspaper about her reasons for ordering the hit on her ex. ‘There was no hatred,’ Reggiani told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. ‘I didn’t hate Maurizio, I never hated him. It was my irritation — he irritated me.’
She was jailed in 1998, serving 18 years of her 29-year sentence before being released in 2016, following good behaviour (she had previously rejected an offer of release in 2011 in exchange for menial work). She now works for jewellery brand Bozart.
She has praised the casting of Lady Gaga in the film, admitting that she looks like her. However, she has voiced her annoyance that Gaga has not approached her for an interview or meeting, telling Italian news agency Ansa: ‘I’m annoyed by the fact that Lady Gaga is portraying me in the new Ridley Scott film without even having the courtesy or the good sense to come and meet me. It’s nothing to do with money because I won’t be taking a single cent from the film. It’s about common sense and respect. I say this with all the sympathy and appreciation that I have for her.’
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