Father of Nigella Lawson aides nabbed for extortion
ROME (AFP) - The mobster father of British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson's two assistants, who were acquitted at a high-profile fraud trial in London last month, has been arrested for allegedly extorting nightclubs in Milan.
Michele Grillo, 66, previously served 15 years in prison for a kidnapping in the 1980s by the 'Ndrangheta organised crime syndicate but claimed he had changed his ways and was now working honestly as a truck driver.
Prosecutors who ordered his arrest on Wednesday said he is in fact the right-hand man of Agostino Catanzariti, who was also detained and is alleged to be the ring-leader of the group taking protection money from some of Milan's top clubs.
"In this particular case the link between business owners and 'Ndrangheta goes back a decade with a sort of 'insurance' that was periodically renewed," Paolo Storari, a prosecutor in charge of the investigation, was quoted as saying.