The Italian Almanac

Rocco Siffredi

Rocco and the Taxman

Porn star Rocco Siffredi is in trouble with the Italian taxman. Siffredi, 45, is suspected of hiding huge sums in tax havens, the tax police said. Italy`s most famous hardcore porn actor, director and producer allegedly moved hundreds of thousands of euros to front companies in Hungary and other countries.

Colonel Gioacchino Angelino said Siffredi risked a stiff fine and up to three years in jail for allegedly not paying taxes on earnings and assets. Cars and property including a Rome villa were registered abroad and the actor had stopped paying taxes in Italy, the colonel said. ``We believe he hasn`t cut his ties with Italy. Indeed, we think he lives in Italy for more than half the year,`` the legal requirement for paying taxes here, the Finance Guard officer said.

The `Italian Stallion`, whose real name is Rocco Tano, is one of the few porn actors with crossover appeal and featured in Catherine Breillat`s 1999 erotic drama Romance. He retired from on-camera work in 2004 citing concerns for his growing family. Siffredi had starred in some 1,300 films since the early 1990s. Since 2004 he has produced and directed many others.