Italian paramedic Claudio Bevilacqua, who was among the first responders transporting James Gandolfini to a hospital the day the “Sopranos” star died three years ago, is on trial in Rome accused of stealing the actor’s Rolex Submariner watch.
The British newspaper The Telegraph said Tuesday that Bevilacqua, 43, was not in court for an initial hearing Monday and entered no plea. The trial was adjourned until November, the paper said.
Gandolfini had collapsed in his hotel suite while in Rome on vacation and died of cardiac arrest on June 19, 2013, at age 51. His family had filed an insurance report listing the expensive watch as stolen. It was unclear whether the actor was wearing it at the time.
According to prosecutors, Bevilacqua took the watch while fellow paramedics were struggling to revive Gandolfini, who had experienced a medical emergency around 10 p.m. at Rome’s Boscolo Exedra Hotel. The actor was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. at the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital after doctors could not resuscitate him after 40 minutes.
Two members of the hotel’s security staff had noticed the watch was missing, The Telegraph said.
Gandolfini, who was vacationing with family and scheduled to appear at Sicily’s Taormina Film Fest three days later, coincidentally was a brand ambassador for another luxury watch brand, Kobold.