A Gucci heiress has accused her stepfather of sexually abusing her for 16 years and blamed her mom and grandmother for allegedly overlaying up the abuse.
Alexandra Zarini, the granddaughter of late vogue supremo Aldo Gucci, claims that her mom’s ex-husband Joseph Ruffalo would climb bare into her mattress and fondle her when she was a toddler.
In a lawsuit filed in California, Zarini, 35, alleges that her mom Patricia Gucci and grandmother Bruna Palombo knew of the abuse and threatened her to be able to hold it quiet.
She additionally launched a video assertion through the Alexandra Gucci Children’s Foundation, saying she believed it was her obligation to ‘expose the misconceptions’ surrounding baby sexual abuse.
Alexandra Zarini (pictured) has accused her stepfather of sexually abusing her for 16 years and blamed her mom and grandmother for allegedly overlaying up the abuse
Zarini, the granddaughter of late vogue supremo Aldo Gucci, claims that her mom’s ex-husband Joseph Ruffalo (pictured above) would climb bare into her mattress and fondle her when she was a toddler
Gucci heiress Alexandra Zarini has accused her stepfather of sexually abusing her for 16 years and blamed her mom and grandmother for allegedly overlaying up the abuse. Aldo Gucci and daughter Patricia Gucci pictured in 1982, left, and Aldo Gucci, proper
Ruffalo denies the allegations, whereas Patricia Gucci says she solely realized of the alleged abuse in 2007 – main her to divorce Ruffalo.
The lawsuit filed by Zarini in Los Angeles alleges that the abuse began earlier than her mom married Joseph Ruffalo, her second husband.
She claims that she would discover Ruffalo together with his hand on her genitals when she woke up after climbing into her mom’s mattress when she had nightmares.
Zarini additionally alleges that Ruffalo would take off his bathrobe and climb bare into her mattress earlier than ‘reaching beneath her garments’ to fondle her.
The alleged abuse continued when Zarini was an adolescent and attending boarding college within the UK, the lawsuit claims, with an old-fashioned good friend claiming that Zarini had confided in her on the time.
After she completed college, Zarini moved again to California and lived with Ruffalo.
Ruffalo continued to sexually assault Ms. Zarini and ‘inspired her to make use of medication’, the lawsuit alleges.
Ruffalo denies the allegations, whereas Patricia Gucci says she solely realized of the alleged abuse in 2007 – main her to divorce Ruffalo. Patricia Gucci pictured along with her father, Aldo Gucci, left. Aldo Gucci pictured in 1973, proper
The New York Times reported that Patricia, Zarini’s mom, and her grandmother allegedly knew in regards to the abuse for years and Patricia had allowed Ruffalo to videotape Zarini whereas taking a shower.
He additionally hit her usually, court docket paperwork allege.
Speaking to the publication, Zarini stated that her mom and grandmother had threatened her with disinheritance if she ever spoke out.
She added that since popping out of Sierra Tucson rehabilitation middle in Tucson, she has been financially impartial from her family and gave start to her first baby 4 years in the past.
Zarini believes nobody in her family would communicate to her once more if she went by with the lawsuit, however she was prompted to maneuver ahead with it after studying that Ruffalo was volunteering at a youngsters’s hospital in Los Angeles.
Patricia Gucci, the daughter of Aldo Gucci and Bruna Palombo, circa 1987. Alexandra Zarini is one of three daughters of Patricia Gucci, the one baby of Aldo Gucci and Bruna Palombo
‘I do not care. I simply need to cease this … I simply don’t desire this to occur to anybody, like my baby or any baby,’ she informed the newspaper.
In a video statement launched by the Alexandra Gucci Children’s Foundation, Zarini stated she determined to talk out as a result of ‘there must be accountability for these individuals who look away and who do not cease baby intercourse abuse from occurring.’
In a emailed assertion to The New York Times, Patricia Gucci stated she instantly started divorce proceedings after studying of the alleged abuse her daughter had suffered.
‘I’m deeply sorry for the ache Joseph Ruffalo brought on Alexandra. What he did to her is inexcusable and I used to be devastated when she disclosed every little thing to me at our family physician’s workplace in London in September 2007.
‘I instantly initiated divorce proceedings in opposition to Mr. Ruffalo and set about therapeutic my family by counseling.
‘I’m equally devastated by the allegations in opposition to me and her grandmother, that are utterly false.’
Ruffalo’s lawyer, Richard P. Crane Jr., stated his consumer had not learn the grievance however ‘what he has been knowledgeable of, he vehemently and categorically denies.’
Alexandra Zarini is one of three daughters of Patricia Gucci, the one baby of Aldo Gucci and Bruna Palombo.
Aldo Gucci, who died in 1990, was the son of firm founder Guccio Gucci and turned his father’s leather-based items agency into a worldwide vogue big.
He opened the corporate’s first American retailer in New York City in 1953 and introduced his sons Giorgio, Paolo and Roberto and his nephew Maurizio into the agency’s prime ranks.
In 1986, he pleaded responsible to evading $7million in taxes and was later implicated in a company tax evasion scheme.
The family not has any possession of the agency after Maurizio Gucci bought his remaining shares in 1993.