Facing fraud charges, Raffaello Follieri suffers a severe sinus infection, his rep tells PEOPLE

By Paul Chi and Jennifer Wren
Updated June 25, 2008 12:45 PM
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Anne Hathaway‘s ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri was hospitalized for a severe sinus infection following his New York court appearance on fraud and money laundering charges, his rep tells PEOPLE.

“He had an episode in the courtroom which lead to him being transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation,” rep Melanie A. Bonvicino says.

The Italian businessman, 29, is in stable condition and undergoing treatment.

“I do not have the specifics on what type of treatment at this time but [it’s] for a severe sinus infection,” says Bonvicino.

Follieri, who was arrested at 6 a.m. Tuesday at his apartment in the Trump Tower, had tested positive for opiates from a urine sample that morning, said the prosecutor.

According to his rep, Follieri has had “a sinus infection for the past three weeks. In the courtroom they said that he had tested positive for opiates, and it’s not the case. He was on a prescription and cough medicine from his doctors that contained codeine before retiring to bed that night. Therefore that is what his doctors told me caused his urine test to be positive.”

At the hearing, the judge set a $21 million bail for Follieri, who faces a dozen counts of wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering, and placed him under home detention.

Follieri, who split with Hathaway, 25, earlier this month, has yet to set bail. “We are working vigorously to fulfill the requirements of the bail package,” says Bonvichino.