In 2016, Patricia Gucci revealed a memoir, “In the Name of Gucci,” about her life and her mother and father’ relationship, which started in secret and lasted 30 years. Aldo Gucci, her father, was already married and had three sons when he met her mom, a gross sales clerk within the Rome retailer; they started an affair at a time when adultery was unlawful in Italy.
Patricia, nevertheless, was doted on by her father. She was featured in a Gucci advert marketing campaign, given a seat on the corporate board at 19, and named a roving ambassador for the model. In 1986, whereas embroiled in a household feud, Aldo Gucci was convicted of tax evasion in the US and served a 12 months in jail; he died in 1990. Patricia married, had two youngsters, divorced after which began a relationship with Joseph Ruffalo.
Ms. Gucci and her two daughters moved to California to stay with him; they later married and had a toddler, although in line with Ms. Zarini, he had already begun abusing her. Within the lawsuit, Ms. Zarini stated that when she had nightmares as a toddler and climbed into mattress together with her mom, Mr. Ruffalo could be there, bare, and he or she would get up to search out her hand on his penis. As Ms. Zarini obtained older, she stated, Mr. Ruffalo’s conduct started to escalate.
In response to the submitting, “Defendant Ruffalo would take away his bathrobe, so he was fully bare, and climb into mattress with Plaintiff. Plaintiff would lie stiffly in her mattress as Defendant Ruffalo reached beneath Plaintiff’s garments to the touch Plaintiff’s nipples.” She additionally stated he tried to penetrate her along with his fingers.
The lawsuit additionally describes Ms. Gucci hitting Ms. Zarini and generally making an attempt to strangle her. Mr. Ruffalo would “rescue” his stepdaughter after which use his function as her protector to the touch her in intimate methods.
In response to the submitting, when Ms. Zarini was about 16, her grandmother requested her if her stepfather was molesting her. When she confirmed that he was, her grandmother instructed her to maintain it “secret and never inform anybody in regards to the assaults.”