Story By: Marija Stojkoska, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
The ex-wife of Italian singer superstar Eros Ramazzotti has been forced to apologise after she was snapped with his daughter posing in a bikini in a banned zone in a protected area.
Model Michelle Yvonne Hunziker, 43, posted the photos of her posing with her daughter Aurora Ramazzotti at the so called Scala dei Turchi (Stairs of the Turks), a spectacular rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle, in the southern Italian region of Sicily.
In the images, the pair are seen posing in bikinis on the terraced cliffs, which is a protected area where people are not allowed to climb.
She added in the caption: “Chat between mother and daughter in a truly surreal location”, adding: “Out of the protected area of course.”
The photos were reported to the Port Authority of Agrigento, who started an investigation into Hunziker and the people who had been with her, according to Italian newspaper Adnkronos.
Hunziker published another photo posing alone after the controversy and wrote: “Absolutely in good faith arriving by sea with a local who gave us directions, we all followed the rules by staying outside the fence, which clearly delimits the prohibited area of the Scala dei Turchi. Only now have I learned that the entire area is subject to a disqualification order because of the risk of landslides.”
She added: “Coming from the sea, there are no visible signs indicating this prohibition. However, I take this opportunity to underline the importance of this ordinance! The Scala dei Turchi is wonderful, go and see it all from the sea or from the Punta Majata beach!!! A big kiss from me who in the end is happy to lighten up the bureaucratic problems!”
According to the local news outlet Adnkronos, Claudio Lombardo, the president of the Mareamico environmental association thinks that Hunziker has committed an offence and he says that it is clear that the whole area is prohibited for visitors.
Reports state dozens of other people have also recently climbed the cliffs despite the restrictions.
Hunziker was married to pop star Ramazzotti, 56, from 1998 until 2002, with the model giving birth to their daughter Aurora in December 1996. The singer’s repertoire includes duets with artists such as Cher, Tina Turner, Luciano Pavarotti and Ricky Martin, among others.
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