2 December 1948
|Other names||Patrizia Gucci|
|Known for||Murder of Maurizio Gucci|
|Criminal charge(s)||Arranging assassination|
|Criminal penalty||26 years (served 18 years)|
(m. 1973; div. 1991)
Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli (born 2 December 1948) is the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci. During the 1980s, while she was married to Gucci, she was a wealthy Italian socialite and high fashion personality. In late 1998, Martinelli went through a scandalous trial followed closely by the Italian public for ordering her husband's murder.
Early life and relationship with Maurizio Gucci
Patrizia Martinelli was born in Vignola, Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy. In 1973 she married Maurizio Gucci, with whom she had two daughters, Allegra and Alessandra. On 2 May 1985, after 12 years of marriage, Maurizio left Patrizia for a younger woman, telling her he was going on a short business trip. He never returned home. In 1991, the couple officially divorced. As part of the settlement, Patrizia Reggiani collected the equivalent of $500,000 annual alimony. In 1992, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was removed without any negative consequences. On 27 March 1995, her ex-husband was shot and killed by a hitman hired by Patrizia on the steps outside his office as he arrived to work.
Trial and incarceration
On 31 January 1997, Patrizia Reggiani was arrested, and in 1998, she was convicted of arranging the killing of her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, and sentenced to 29 years in prison. The trial garnered intense media interest and is where Reggiani became known as the "Black Widow". Her daughters asked that her conviction be overturned, claiming her brain tumor had affected her personality. In 2000, an appeals court in Milan upheld the conviction but reduced the sentence to 26 years. That same year, Reggiani tried to commit suicide by hanging herself with a shoelace, but was rescued.[how?]
In October 2011, she was offered the possibility of open prison, but refused saying "I've never worked in my life and I'm certainly not going to start now". With credit for good behavior, she was released in October 2016 after serving 18 years. In 2017, further to a 1993 agreement, she was awarded an annuity of £900,000 from Gucci's estate. The court also ordered back pay for her time in prison, amounting to over £16 million. The order was made against her ex-husband's estate; its administrators, her two daughters, unsuccessfully appealed the order.
In popular culture
The film House of Gucci (2021), based on Reggiani's marriage and murder of her ex-husband, with Lady Gaga portraying her, from director Ridley Scott, was announced in November 2019. In March 2021, Reggiani expressed annoyance that Gaga did not meet with her before accepting the role.
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