Gucci heir Alexandra Zarini alleges sexual abuse by stepfather

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Patricia tells the publication: “I am deeply sorry for the pain Joseph Ruffalo caused Alexandra. What he did to her is inexcusable and I was devastated when she disclosed everything to me at our family doctor’s office in London in September 2007. I immediately initiated divorce proceedings against Mr. Ruffalo and set about healing my family through counselling.

“I am equally devastated by the allegations against me and her grandmother, which are completely false.”

Joseph’s lawyer, Richard P. Crane, Jr., insists that while his client had not been served and therefore was unfamiliar with the exact nature of the allegations, “What he has been informed of, he vehemently and categorically denies.”

“While married to Alexandra’s mother, Mr. Ruffalo and his wife were greatly concerned about the mental well-being of Alexandra and took steps to address her instability,” Crane adds. “Apparently, their efforts failed.”

Meanwhile, Alexandra, who has been threatened with disinheritance over the allegations, says she has been largely financially independent from her family post-rehab, and states, “I just want to stop this… I just don’t want this to happen to anyone, like my child or any child.”