Anne Hathaway‘s former boyfriend, Italian entrepreneur Raffaello Follieri has pleaded guilty to all 14 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering in a real estate investment venture this morning, saying, "I knew what I was doing was wrong," according to Access Hollywood.
And Anne Hathaway is finally talking about the breakup in the October issue of W magazine. She’s on the cover, looking devilish in designer duds.
Not coincidentally, this is perfectly timed press for her new film, "Rachel Getting Married," which showed at the Venice and Toronto Film Festival and is already earning the actress Oscar buzz.
In the W interview, conducted just three weeks after Follieri’s arrest, she talks about Follieri’s troubles, saying, “It’s a situation where the rug was pulled out from under me all of a sudden."
She reportedly called him on his cellphone at midnight. He put her on speaker phone. When he asked her to come to his 30th birthday party on Capri, she fell silent, finally saying, “You were the love of my life. I’ll always love you. You know that, baby.”
The article poses the question: Did Hathaway -– or her advisors and/or family -– help the FBI in their investigation of Follieri? It’s something Follieri is also wondering.
Vanity Fair writes that after his arrest in April, the Italian businessman believed that Hathaway’s camp was planting negative stories in the press. And Hathaway even told Follieri that her father had hired a private investigator.
Her dad, Jerry Hathaway, admitted to having a PI check him out and e-mailed Vanity Fair: “I regard my involvement in this situation, regardless of its dimensions and level of interest, as fundamentally a private matter between a daughter and her father.”
One source tells Vanity Fair that Follieri’s arrest would not have happened without the promise of a publicity prize due to his famous actress girlfriend. But who cooperated with the FBI?
VF’s Michael Shnayerson writes, "Perhaps it was an embittered ex-staffer? One of his lawyers? Perhaps [former business partner] Ron Burkle, less sanguine than he seems? Someone in the Clinton camp? Or was it, perhaps, someone in Anne Hathaway’s orbit, sensing in Follieri a growing threat to her stardom? One thing seems sure. “If Raffaello wasn’t dating Anne Hathaway,” says one person close to the situation, “this wouldn’t have happened.”
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Photos: Anne Hathaway at the Venice Film Festival.