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This Latina Housekeeper Was Accused Of Theft After She Found Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes Gown And Put It Up For Sale Months Later

The periwinkle Valentino dress that Lady Gaga wore to this year’s Golden Globes back in January was apparently left behind at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the celeb’s room after the award show. Sara Corea, the maid who found it hanging in the closet after the room was vacated, was quick to hand the couture gown over to lost-and-found. Eight months later, no one collected it. So Corea, a longtime housekeeper at the hotel, decided to auction it off and make some profit off of the situation. 

Lady Gaga and her team left a couture gown behind, and Sara Corea, the housekeeper, claims that she did not steal it —she found it. 

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The opulent haute couture Valentino gown that made it into many ‘best dressed’ lists this January, was left behind in a room at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Sara Corea, who has worked as a housekeeper at the hotel for the past 24 years, says she followed hotel policy and quickly handed it over to lost property. The dress was then held for eight months but since no one in the artist’s team nor the fashion house claimed it, the costly dress was released to the finder, Sara Corea in September. You know, finders keepers and all that. 

The custom-made gown with its 10 foot train was placed up for auction with Nate D. Sanders.

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The prestigious Beverly Hills auction house put the pop star’s dress up online with a starting bid of $8,000. Paperwork submitted to the auction house with the dress shows that Corea, in fact, left it with lost and found on January 8, 2018. That was three days after the Golden Globes. 

Corea penned authenticity letters in her own handwriting in both English and Spanish.

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Nate D. Sanders included several photos of the dress in the listing as well the lost and found ticket from the hotel, and a letter of authenticity provided by Corea in which she explained her role at the hotel and the many years she’s worked there during award season proving that she’s no stranger to the way things work.

“Hola, mi nombre es Sara Corea, Trabajo de recamarera para el hotel Beverly Hills Hilton. Siempre estoy presente para el evento Golden Globes en Enero de cada año por 34 años,” the letter reads.  “La artista Lady Gaga me dejó el vestido que usó para ese dia de los premios. Hoy quiero ofrecerlo a la venta.” Since neither Lady Gaga nor her team ever claimed the dress, the auction house determined that Corea was in her right to sell it. 

Things got murky when a representative of Valentino reported the dress as missing. 

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According to a Beverly Hills Police Department spokesperson, a representative from Valentino reported the dress missing. As it turns out, the dress was not Lady Gaga’s to gift, or leave behind. The fashion house claimed that the dress was on loan to her and it remains the property of Italian fashion house Valentino, helmed by designer Pierpaolo Piccioli. 

The issue had to be worked out between the hotel and the designer. 

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Police closed the investigation into who owns the Valentino couture gown that was custom designed by the fashion house’s creative director for Lady Gaga to wear at the 2019 award show as an homage to Judy Garland’s 1954 Golden Globes appearance for the original motion picture, “A Star Is Born.”

Beverly Hills authorities determined that the dress was not stolen.

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The police closed the investigation after determining that Lady Gaga’s dress was not in fact stolen from Valentino. Therefore, the criminal investigation into Corea was dismissed and she was later allowed to sell the dress.

Corea was relieved from the criminal investigation and was able to auction the gown. 

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The top bid for the dress as of 12 p.m. local time Thursday was $17,152. The starting price for a Valentino haute couture dress is $150,000.

“Sumptuous dress in periwinkle blue was designed specifically for Lady Gaga by Valentino Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli in cascades of silk faille, perhaps a clever homage to the dress worn by Judy Garland in the original 1954 ‘A Star Is Born,'” reads the description of the dress on the auction website. 

Where is Lady Gaga in all of this?

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Neither the singer-turned-actress nor her styling team have commented on the issue. It seems to us that before accusing Corea of theft, making her undergo a criminal investigation it would have been pertinent for Valentino and The Beverly Hills Hotel to contact the artist herself, to clarify the issue. 

Lady Gaga received worldwide accolades for this red carpet look. The performer’s outfit of the night was of special importance because as it turned out, Lady Gaga went on to become the first person to win a Golden Globe, Academy Award, Grammy and BAFTA, all in the same year and for the same performance. Her Golden Globes look, was worn on the night of one of those wins —and will go down in award ceremony history.

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With ‘El Chapo’ Behind Bars The Government Has Seized His Homes And Now They’re Putting Them Up For Auction

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With ‘El Chapo’ Behind Bars The Government Has Seized His Homes And Now They’re Putting Them Up For Auction

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Some would say that interest rates are so low at the moment, that it’s a prime time to buy a house. But you know what’s an even better reason to check out what’s on the market? Three words: El Chapo’s house. That’s right, amigas. Now that the ex-leader of the Sinaloa Cartel is definitively stuck with a pretty hefty life sentence, his goods are up for sale. His house and worldly possessions, that is. Not the drugs and other contraband.

We should probably mention: it’s not just one house being auctioned, it’s six.

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Imagine owning six houses. That’s definitely living the dream. Although, in Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s case, he was pretty much confined to his living quarters when he was on the run. Granted, we can make an educated guess that there’s probably only so much you can do, even in a super duper decked-out pad. Poor El Chapo had it pretty rough, what with having to hide from the authorities across six homes. Especially in this economy. Okay, okay, we can only get away with so much sarcasm.

Apparently bidding on the drug lord’s home in Calle Rio Humaya will start at $107,349.

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But, don’t be fooled: not all of his houses are worth the same. It’s thought that, altogether, his collection of houses should fetch at least a staggering 19.5 million Mexican pesos – or, 1 million US dollars worth. Despite their impressive price tag, it’s worth noting that each of the properties also come fully furnished, sporting things such as television sets, washing and drying machines, microwaves and even exercise machines! That makes them a bargain, right?

And sure, they’re a bargain for anyone who’s watched too many Netflix true crime specials.

Apparently one of the homes is sporting a secret escape tunnel underneath a bathtub. The story behind this fateful tunnel is that the Mexican military had originally barged into El Chapo’s home in Culiacán, Sinaloa, in the early hours of a mid-February morning, back in 2004. The bathtub tunnel is credited with being the reason why El Chapo was able to escape the military’s clutches through an above ground drainage system. That is, until El Chapo was eventually captured, just one week after the raid.

Rumor has it that quite a few of the kingpin’s houses are connected by tunnels.

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After all, tunneling seemed to be El Chapo’s favorite way to get around: he previously managed to escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 by tunneling out through a shower stall. Unfortunately, though, we’re yet to hear of any word about whether the laundry cart El Chapo used in his 2001 prison break is also included in any of the auctions.

All jokes aside, the real question is whether there will be a lot of interest in the properties, or not.

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And we’re not just talking about the price point. One of the homes was originally purchased by El Chapo for the mother of his son, Ovidio Guzmán López. While the property itself has some pretty substantial draws – we’re talking multiple bedrooms, and an outdoor backyard pool – it’s also connected to a guy who is still on the run, and is very much wanted by the United States. There’s a high chance he might not necessarily want to just let go of a three-storey home that’s worth over half a million dollars. Or other things like the two luxury ships and convoy pricey sports cars. You know, the Ford Mustangs, Jaguars, and Mercedes limousines.

And it may not entirely be up to Guzmán López. El Chapo’s kingpin status fell to his sons after his arrest.

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Word on the street has it that the Mexican government had arrested Guzmán López back in October, trying to deal a real blow to the cartels. However, the cartels retaliated by attacking a housing complex designed for military families. 14 people died during the shootouts, resulting in the government releasing Guzmán López to de-escalate the violence. With a reaction like that from the cartels over Guzmán López’s capture, it begs the question as to whether the sale of El Chapo’s homes may inspire copycat attacks during the auctions themselves, or on the new homeowners themselves.

Anyway, those daunting questions aside, here’s hoping that the Mexican government, who are responsible for the sale, see a proper payday from this series of El Chapo properties. The intention for the funds is to see them donated to a children’s music program based in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Lady Gaga’s Tapping Into Her Italian Roots For Her Next Role as The ‘Black Widow’ Who Killed Maurizio Gucci

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Lady Gaga’s Tapping Into Her Italian Roots For Her Next Role as The ‘Black Widow’ Who Killed Maurizio Gucci

Little monsters rejoice, for a star is being born, again! Lady Gaga’s making her return to the big screen next year. Following her Oscar-worthy performance, the pop-star turned actor, will be part of a new project chronicling the murder of fashion mogul, Maurizio Gucci —the founder of, you guessed it, Gucci. The story is every bit as glamorous as you can imagine, and we have the deets. 

Lady Gaga is starring in a new movie, and this one is a true glamorous murder mystery, if ever there was one.

It was reported over the weekend that Lady Gaga’s making another movie. Her next starring role, following her award-winning performance on A Star is Born, will be in a murder, intrigue and high fashion-filled thriller produced by Ridley Scott. 

Scott’s new project chronicles the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the business man who spearheaded the Italian fashion house in the 80s and early 90s. 

A year after we were piqued and obsessed with the fashion and murder mystery ‘The Assasination of Gianni Versace’, another glam intrigue is in the works. At the perfect intersection between true crime and haute couture, comes the retelling of the infamous murder of the head of Gucci back in 1995. 

Patricia was said to hate her ex so much that she plotted and planned his murder.

Maurizio Gucci famously left his wife Patricia Reggiani for another —younger— woman in the late eighties. And in this particular case, the saying ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ was proven to be true. Rejected and scorned, Patricia hired a hitman to assassinate her ex-husband —earning her the, kinda glamorous and sombre nickname, “the Black Widow.”

The film will be based on the true crime story written by Sara Gay Forden.

The ex-wife was caught and found guilty. Patricia Reggiani served 18 years in prison, before her release in 2016. Here’s where mother monster comes in; Lady Gaga will be playing the role of the Black Widow in the upcoming film. And while details are being kept tightly hidden, we know that the script was written by Roberto Bentivegna, and was based on Sara Gay Forden’s true crime book, ‘The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed,’ which chronicled the events.

Did Patricia murder Gucci because he was marrying his mistress? Or was it because his spending was driving the family to ruin? Or perhaps she didn’t do it at all?

In Sara Gay Forden’s gripping book, she explores whether Patrizia Reggiani murdered her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, in 1995 because his spending was wildly out of control, “or was it because her glamorous ex was preparing to marry his mistress, Paola Franchi? Or is there a possibility she didn’t do it at all?”

Maurizio famously had two daughters with Patrizia Reggiani, but he left her for another woman. She’d had a brain tumor removed, and her children blamed it on her actions; the media took a darker view of her during a sensationalized affair, depicting her as a hot blooded woman scorned. She was originally drawn a sentence of 29 years.

If the film follows the re-telling of Sara Gay Forden’s story, we will get a look inside a glamorous family empire that ultimately came crumbling down.

The true crime story details the ascent, eventual collapse, and resurrection of the Gucci dynasty. In Sara Gay Forden’s pages we’re taken behind the scenes of the trial and exposed to the passions, the power, and the vulnerabilities of the greatest fashion family of the time. 

The Gucci movie will be produced by Ridley Scott and his wife Giannina.

Scott will produce the Gucci saga with his wife, the Puerto Rican actress, Giannina Scott. He most recently directed “All the Money in the World” about the Getty kidnaping. Scott has been nominated for a directing Academy Award for “Thelma & Louise,” “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down” and for a Best Picture Oscar for “The Martian.”

It is said that the film has been in developmental hell for the past decade, at one point even signing on Angelina Jolie for the role of Patricia Reggiani. But finally it looks like the project is coming together, and Scott will put our lord and saviour Stefani Germanotta’s Italian roots to good use in her role as the ‘Black Widow’, Patricia Regianni.