Anne Hathaway’s boyfriend Raffaello Follieri was arrested in New York yesterday.
The Italian property developer – who has been dating The Devil Wears Prada actress for four years – tried to pay a USD250,000 bill with a bad cheque, and was taken into police custody to sort the matter out.
Follieri has been charged with one misdemeanour count of issuing a bad cheque, and his lawyers are reportedly now handling the “issue”, NYPD spokesman Detective Martin Speechley has confirmed.
This is not the first time Follieri has been in trouble with the law. Last year, he was sued for USD55 million for allegedly using money from his company to spend on himself and Hathaway.
The 29-year-old was also recently ordered by a Washington court to pay a public relations firm USD250,000 for work done on his behalf.
However, 25-year-old Hathaway seems to look beyond Follieri’s legal troubles, and has credited him for helping her overcome a period of depression.
She said: “He’s brought out so many positive attributes in me. Before I met him, I wasted so much time. I was just annoying and narcissistic and smelled bad. He’s protective without being possessive, passionate without needing to show his temper.”