Italians fine Spielberg after Gwyneth holiday on £220m yacht



Legendary film director Steven Spielberg has been fined by Italian coastguards after his speedboat came too close to the coast and annoyed holidaymakers.

The award-winning director was on holiday with his wife Kate Capshaw and his goddaughter Gwyneth Paltrow when the incident took place after they took a speedboat from his £220 million yacht Seven Seas to the shore.

Angry beachgoers called police and coastguards because of the noise being generated by the outboard motor.

And Steven had actually breached the 900ft exclusion zone from the shoreline in the picturesque 'millionaire's playground' area od La Maddalena off the north east coast of Sardinia.

The director of Saving Private Ryan immediately held his hands up and paid the €172 fine.

According to the Daily Mail, coastguard Vincenzo Petrella said: 'When we arrived at the scene there was a bearded gentleman signing autographs for people on the beach - we had been called by holidaymakers because the tender was so close to the shore.

'I recognised him instantly and he came up to me and said "I'm Steven Spielberg. How can I help ?" I told him that regulations forbid tenders coming within 300 metres of the shore.

'I said that I had no other option but to fine him. He was very apologetic and even offered to pay there and then but I explained I could not take any money from him and it had to be paid via a post office account.

'He took the paperwork and the next day a fax arrived at our office confirming that the fine had been paid.'

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