Colin Firth’s wife, Livia Giuggioli, has admitted to having an affair with the man she accused of stalking her, reports the Times.
Firth and Guiggioli have been married since 1997; the accused, journalist Marco Brancaccia, told the Times the affair took place between 2015 and 2016.
Earlier this week, details of the investigation were released in the Italian paper, La Repubblica. At that time, the Times reported that Brancaccia was a childhood friend of Giuggioli’s, and after being cut out of Giuggioli’s life, began a stalking campaign of emails and telephone calls. That prompted Firth to report the behavior to Italian police. In a police report, Giuggioli said she, “lived in terror because of the stalking and thought he might be following her.” In Italy, stalking carries a jail sentence of up to four years.
Today, through a spokesperson, the couple released the following statement to the Times: “A few years ago Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate. During that time Livia briefly became involved with former friend Mr. Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited. Subsequently, Mr. Brancaccia carried out a frightening campaign of harassment over several months, much of which is documented. For obvious reasons, the Firths have never had any desire to make this matter public. The reporting this week on this case is understood to be the consequence of a leaked court document. This is greatly to be regretted.”
Brancaccia denies all allegations: “We were romantically involved, she wanted to leave Colin for me. My ‘stalking’ consisted of two messages via WhatsApp after she ended our relationship in June 2016, and an email. I wrote an email to Colin about my relationship with Livia, which I now regret sending, and she filed a complaint against me for stalking out of fear that I could go public with what she had revealed to me about her marriage and work. In a year she sent me hundreds of messages of love, photos and videos, even a diary,” he told the Times.
Giuggioli is a film producer. According to IMDB, she most recently was an executive producer for Amá, a documentary about one woman’s fight for reproductive rights. The film is currently in post-production.
This article originally appeared on elle.com