Judge Rules Gucci Heiress Can Move Forward With Claims Against Her Mother

The great granddaughter of the man who created the Gucci luxury brand can move forward with her legal claims against her mother, whom she alleges was negligent during years of sexual abuse the plaintiff maintains she suffered at the hands of her stepfather.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven J. Kleifield denied a motion to dismiss the part of Alexandra Zarini’s lawsuit against her mother, Patricia Gucci. The judge gave Patricia Gucci, granddaughter of Guccio Gucci and daughter of Aldo Gucci, 10 days to file an answer to the complaint.

Patricia Gucci was born during Aldo Gucci’s extramarital affair with Bruna Palombo, who is a co-defendant in the case along with Zarini’s stepfather, Joseph Ruffalo. The judge previously stayed the part of the case against the 84-year-old Palombo, who lives in Italy, while she appeals his decision not to quash the summons in Zarini’s suit.

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