Colin Firth's wife accuses childhood friend of stalking her and threatening to destroy her marriage

The Italian police are investigating journalist Marco Brancaccia over claims that he has been stalking and harassing Livia Giuggoli, Colin Firth's wife.

The Italian police are reportedly conducting an investigation into a journalist based in Brazil who has been accused of stalking British actor Colin Firth's wife, Livia Giuggoli, making threatening calls and sending threatening texts as well as emailing photographs to Firth, which was purported to be the last straw, according to The Times.

Italian prosecutors have begun investigating the journalist, Marco Brancaccia, 55, who works for Italian news agency Ansa and is a childhood friend of Firth's Italian wife, Giuggoli. The prosecutors have reportedly seized the alleged stalker's phone and computer after Firth complained that Brancaccia had emailed him photographs.

Italy's Carabinieri police released an official statement through a spokesman, saying, "A complaint has been made by the couple to prosecutors and the police have been investigating." According to La Repubblica, Giuggoli, 48, mentioned in the complaint that she was terrified that Brancaccia was following her around and feared for her safety.

Livia Giuggioli and Colin Firth at a premiere on September 5, 2016 in London, England (Getty Images)

The newspaper reported that the stalking began in September 2016 because Brancaccia could not deal with being cut of from Giuggoli's life, and he threatened that he would pen compromising stories about them in an effort to ruin their marriage. Requests for comment from Firth yielded this statement: "There is an ongoing criminal prosecution and it would be inappropriate to comment in this circumstance."

Italian prosecutors have requested judges in Rome for the case to be tried, but Brancaccia's side claims that they were never contacted about the trial. "The first we heard about a request for the trial being made was from the Italian press," Brancaccia's lawyer, Rosita Vallone, told The Times.

His lawyers denied the accusations, saying, "Mr Brancaccia has absolutely nothing to do with the events described and has already filed a legal complaint to protect his good name and his honor, and to be able to supply his version of the truth of what happened. The reconstruction of the events by La Repubblica does not correspond to what really happened."

Firth and his wife live in Umbria, in the town of Città della Pieve, where they raise their teenage sons, 16-year-old Luca and 13-year-old Matteo. Firth gained Italian citizenship in 2017, and though he still is professionally based in West London's Chiswick and retains dual citizenship, he admits that the move was primarily out of the uncertainty that arose out of Brexit.

Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli in Venice, Italy (Getty Images)

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