Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pavarotti 'Has No Idea How to Write Cheques'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pavarotti 'Has No Idea How to Write Cheques'

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Byline: PAUL HOUSE

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI is like the Queen - he never carries money and doesn't know how to write out a cheque. He is also a hypochondriac, according to his girlfriend Nicoletta Mantovani, 31.

She was speaking in court at Modena on the third day of his trial on charges of evading [pound]14million in taxes between 1989 and 1995.

The tenor claims his official home is in Monte Carlo, a tax haven, rather than Modena, his home city where he says he does not own a house. He also claims his business is not based in Italy.

Ms Mantovani said of the 65-year-old singer: "All he ever thinks about is music. He does not bother about the rest. He has never been into a bank and never written out a cheque in his life. The first time we went to an hotel when it came to paying we both looked at each other. Neither of us had ever written out a cheque."

She continued: "His manager Herbert Brezling prepares the cheques and Luciano just signs them. …

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