'Fatal' Bulgarian Actress Paid EUR 100 000 for Stay in Venice Hotel

Society | March 7, 2011, Monday // 12:47|  views

Bulgarian-born actress Michelle Bonev, who resides in Italy. Fille photo

Bulgarian-born scandalous actress Michelle Bonev stayed in Venice's luxurious Cipriani hotel for as much as EUR 97 000 together with two other guests back in September 2010.

The controversial actress, director and entrepreneur stayed 12 days at the hotel ahead of receiving the 'Action for Women' award at the prestigious Venice movie fest, according to the Bulgarian 24 chasa daily. The award turned out to be fabricated especially for her courtesy of her 'friends', Italy's PM Silvio Berlusconi, and Culture Minister, Sando Bondi. Since the award was handed to Bonev, her movie has never been shown.

The 40-strong Bulgarian delegation sent especially for the phantom award enjoyed a celebratory dinner worth EUR 16 000, Italian authorities have said.

An investigation has been launched in Venice, which aims at determining who payed the bill. Up to now, it has been made clear that it was not the movie fest's organizers.

Bulgaria's Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov already accepted two resignations over the case, handed by Alexander Donev, head of the Bulgarian National Film Center and Bulgaria's Deputy Culture Minister, Dimitar Derelviev, as it turned out the country's state budget has contributed with BGN 300 000 for Bonev's 'mysterious' movie.

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Tags: Michelle Bonev, Venice, hotel, movie, actress, Silvio Berlusconi


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