Raffaello Follieri, the con-man ex-boyfriend of Anne Hathaway, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison yesterday stemming from his guilty plea to 14 counts of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Raffaello had claimed he was a Chief Financial Officer for the Vatican and bilked real estate investors out of millions of dollars. People reports:
Through an interpreter, Follieri delivered a statement, in which he said, “The most important thing I want the court to know is I was not raised with bad values. … I started off with good intentions, determined to run an honorable business and make everyone proud of me.”
But, he admitted, “What I did was wrong and there is no point in making excuses. … I will never be able to wash away the shame. … I just hope that someday those who have been hurt by my actions will forgive me.”
Wait. Why the hell did Raffaello need an interpreter? He dated Anne Hathway for years and you’re telling me the guy doesn’t speak English. Jesus. How does that even work?
ANNE: Raffaello, what you just tried to do requires consent from your lover first. You don’t want to surprise a lady with that, uh, kind of entrance.
RAFFAELLO: What if I a-show you a, how you say, photographs, of me with-a the pope-a?
ANNE: You showed me those when you left the toilet seat up.
RAFFAELLO: I’m-a so sorry. I no speak-a the English.
ANNE: But you’ve worked in a New York City real estate office for years.
RAFFAELLO: I make-a the meatballs!