Actress Anne Hathaway’s businessman ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri has hit out at reports their split was caused by his controversial business dealings.
Hathaway reportedly dumped her long-term lover over the weekend, fearing his headline-grabbing antics could sabotage her burgeoning career.
The “Get Smart” star had stood by her man throughout their four-year relationship, during which Follieri has been caught up in a host of scandals, most recently last week, when it was revealed the children’s charity he runs was under investigation by New York authorities.
Follieri was also arrested earlier this year for passing a bad check and in 2007 was sued by a former business partner.
But his spokesperson insists the Italian businessman is “angered” by “repeated mischaracterizations” of his breakup with Hathaway, because the split was amicable.
The rep tells the New York Post, “It is worth noting, as you continue to attempt to scandalize a respected businessman and philanthropist, that the Follieri Foundation has vaccinated hundreds of children in Nicaragua and Honduras to date, in addition to recently rebuilding an orphanage in Brazil.”
Source: SF Gates