Rape-accused ‘extortionist’ Sollecito loses final legal battle

According to emails reviewed by Argentinian channel TN, multiple properties owned by former journalist and TV presenter Gabrielle Petito were “still in the Laundrie home”. Petito, now a music video star, had been living…

Rape-accused 'extortionist' Sollecito loses final legal battle

According to emails reviewed by Argentinian channel TN, multiple properties owned by former journalist and TV presenter Gabrielle Petito were “still in the Laundrie home”.

Petito, now a music video star, had been living with her former partner Brian Longeretta, a former BBC producer, who disappeared in 2003. Police say he strangled himself and was later found by police along with her body.

“I’m not abandoning you, but do think about the chance that this might be a foreboding sign,” Petito wrote in a message to her ex-partner on January 12. “I love you very much and am doing everything I can to get you back. But there’s one last thing I still want to say: if you never see me again, I will be able to live without you.”

Police reportedly found Petito’s body in her shed, the contents of which they are currently trying to identify. Another email, reported by Argentina’s Clarin newspaper, says Petito used to sell “prize pigs” – prize animals that are killed for their fur – on the black market to earn money.

“Since I’ve been quiet, my road has been smoothed out, but now you’ve got me back. Maybe this will be the turning point for you, for the respect I didn’t enjoy for a while. You’re going to win too. This is going to be a recovery and mending of bridges,” she added.

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