With actress Gwyneth Paltrow along for the ride, a day of boating ends up costing Hollywood director Steven Spielberg a small fine from the Italian Coast Guard. The "Contagion" actress reportedly is on board the director’s speedboat when it came too close to the coast and angered sunbathers at a beach in Sardinia.
According to the Daily Mail, Spielberg angered sunbathers at a beach in Sardinia when his 280ft motor yacht, SEVEN SEAS, breached maritime regulations. Beachgoers were quick to call police and the Coast Guard, who slapped the director of "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" with a 172 Euro fine.
As to the incident, Coast Guard’s Vincenzo Petrella stated, "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 recognized 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 meters of the shore. I said that I had no other option but to fine him."
Petrella reported the director was, "…very apologetic" and even offered to pay there, on the spot. "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."
Originally available as a Mediterranean yacht charter vessel, Spielberg yacht Seven Seas has been used exclusively this season by her famous owner, and numerous celebrity guests, like Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio have been spotted onboard.
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