Thread: Boxing champ Arturo Gatti dead
8/13/2009 11:39am, #11
Michael Baden. I read his book some years ago and have seen Autopsy. Certainly he's someone to listen to - particularly where there may be foul-play.
The scenario of suicide may not be outside the bounds of reason if Arturo were in a highly emotional state and besotted with his wife. OTOH, perhaps she would know this and play on it. She had a lot to gain - that's clear at least. For Gatti to exclude his children seems very, very odd.
8/13/2009 2:44pm, #12
Looks pretty clear (and damn sad) to me - let's see what some honourable judge is going to say...
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9/09/2009 8:29pm, #13
Gatti's Wife Sues Brazilian Police
No surprises here..
SAO PAULO -- The widow of boxer Arturo Gatti is suing the state of Pernambuco for locking her up as a prime suspect in her husband's death one month ago, her attorney said on Thursday.
Amanda Rodrigues, 23, "has decided to sue Pernambuco for her 18-day imprisonment and for wrongfully accusing her of murder," Celio Avelino said by telephone.
Avelino said he and his client will file the "necessary papers" in about 20 days. He declined to provide further details.
The Montreal boxer and two-time world champion died July 11 while he and his family vacationed at the Brazilian resort town of Porto de Galinhas.
A day after the 37-year-old Gatti was found dead, police said Rodrigues had strangled him with her purse strap as he drunkenly slept.
But on July 30, Brazilian police ruled that Gatti had committed suicide and Rodrigues was released from jail.
9/10/2009 4:42am, #14
11/08/2009 12:34pm, #15
Let The Games Begin..
The court battle for Arturo Gatti's estate has begun..apparently there are two wills - both of which differ greatly as to how his estate should be tended to:
MONTREAL -- The widow of late boxing champion Arturo Gatti has been awarded $40,000 to cover legal fees and child-care costs, but her fight with his family over his sizable fortune looks set to go the distance.
The sum falls far short of the $150,000 advance that Amanda Rodrigues was seeking from Gatti's estate.
And in another blow to the 23-year-old Brazilian native, Superior Court Justice Paul Chaput concluded in his ruling Thursday that custody of the couple's dog is not an urgent matter for the time being.
Chaput awarded Rodrigues $30,000 to cover legal fees and $10,000 in eventual child-care costs for their son, Arturo Jr.
But the stakes in the bitter dispute are way higher -- as in $6 milion, the estimated worth of Gatti's estate.
The former world champion, who was born in Italy and raised in Montreal, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at a posh Brazilian seaside resort last July 11.
Brazilian police initially ruled the death a homicide and detained Rodrigues for a few weeks. They then ruled it a suicide.
At issue in the legal battle is the validity of two wills that greatly differ on how the estate should be divided.
Rodrigues' lawyers claim a will signed in Quebec this June, which left the estate to her, is the valid one.
However, Gatti's family contends that a will signed in 2007 in New Jersey, where the boxer amassed much of his fortune, is in fact valid and that the Quebec one was signed under duress.
The 2007 will leaves control of his estate to his mother, Ida.
The family has been unable until now to come up with a signed copy of the will.
Grace Di Pace, a lawyer for the Gatti family, said an attorney in New Jersey has forwarded an unsigned copy.
She said regulations in New Jersey don't require attorneys to keep signed copies on file and that the state doesn't have a signed copy either.
On Thursday, the judge rejected attempts by Rodrigues' lawyers to get the court to dismiss the Gatti family's challenge of the newer will.
As he addressed lawyers on both sides, Chaput also expressed reservations that a lengthy court battle could eat away at the money available.
"I think the judge was careful in his judgment in the sense that he assured the succession would be protected at this stage," Di Pace said.
"It's not going to be divided, it's not going to be touched until the proceedings go on."
The legal battle is also being fought in New Jersey.
Last week, a U.S. judge rejected certain requests from Rodrigues' lawyers, but did award a $2,500 monthly support payment for the couple's son, who is about one year old.
Rodrigues will also be allowed to enter their condominium in Montreal to collect her belongings.
"The judgment . . . is a very preliminary stage," said Pierre-Hugues Fortin, a lawyer representing Rodrigues.
"There's many, many more proceedings to come, this is not the final hearing."
Rodrigues was not in court Thursday.
She arrived in Montreal on Monday from Brazil and her lawyer claimed she was penniless and needed access to the condominium and cash.
Chaput said he hopes to iron out a plan to proceed in the case and urged both sides to talk before returning to court on Nov. 17.
Authorities determined Gatti hanged himself with a bag strap that he tied around a wooden staircase column more than two metres off the ground.
They say he looped it around his neck before stepping off a stool.
Gatti's relatives refuted the claim and had his body exhumed in order to conduct a second autopsy, but the full results of that autopsy have not yet been released.
4/12/2010 11:04pm, #16
Looks like the first ruling on Gatti's estate has come down..
His family is contesting the decision, obviously.
MONTREAL - The widow of boxer Arturo Gatti has been awarded $100,000 from his estate by a Quebec Superior Court judge, nine months after his death.
Amanda Rodrigues received the money as financial compensation for the legal fees she was forced to pay following the former boxing champion's death.
She also received $2,000 a month in alimony for the couple's 18-month-old son in the court judgement Thursday.
Rodrigues' claim to her husband's estate is being contested by the former fighter's mother and brother.
In November, a Quebec judge awarded Rodrigues Arturo Gatti $40,000 to cover legal fees and child care costs.
Gatti was found dead under mysterious circumstances at a posh Brazilian seaside resort last July.
9/06/2011 2:10pm, #17
I am still trying to follow this and keep up on what the final decision(s) are.
Here's the latest:
9/06/2011 2:33pm, #18
Thanks for the update. There was a minor feature on the BBC but it didn't have your bit about the lawyer - and he was the one who suggested amending the Will. Hmm.
9/09/2011 8:08pm, #19
9/12/2011 7:53am, #20
The Bleacher Report quoting Montreal Gazette:
As prosecutors in Brazil prepared to analyze new evidence in the suspicious death of boxer Arturo Gatti, his childhood friend and business partner in Montreal painted a disturbing picture of the welterweight champion's last few months as a battered husband, repeatedly subject to verbal abuse and sucker-punched by his wife.
Testifying in Superior Court, where a battle over the dead man's $6-million estate is playing out, Antonio Rizzo replayed some of the incidents he says he witnessed between Gatti and his wife, Brazilian national Amanda Rodrigues, from the time the couple moved to Montreal from New Jersey in May 2007 to the boxer's fateful trip to Brazil in 2009.
Gatti was found dead July 11, 2009, in a vacation home in Brazil, with a purse string found near his body. Authorities, after questioning and releasing Rodrigues, ruled it was a suicide. But the Gatti family doesn't believe that version of events and want Gatti's will - changed three weeks before his death to leave everything to Rodrigues - annulled.
With Gatti's elderly mother and brother on one side of the courtroom and Rodrigues on the other, Rizzo told the court on Thursday the couple was always fighting. And as the months wore on, Gatti became more afraid of losing his infant son, and of what Rodrigues might do back in her native country.
"She wants me to sign a Brazilian passport for him. But if she takes my son I'll never see him again," Rizzo testified, relaying what Gatti had told him.
Rizzo, who met Gatti when he was about 8 - around the time he began boxing - repeatedly apologized to the court for the language he used when relaying Rodrigues's words.
He described a particularly shocking scene he witnessed one night at the couple's penthouse on Jarry St. in St. Léonard, one of 82 condos the two men invested in and built together after Gatti retired from boxing in 2007. Rodrigues, naked and screaming, hit Gatti on the head with a broom before smashing crystal all around him and ordering him to clean it up, Rizzo said.
" 'You're a loser, the only thing you're good at is bleeding, your mother's a whore, your sisters are prostitutes,' " Rizzo said, before Rodrigues's lawyer objected for the umpteenth time that Rizzo's testimony was hearsay and not admissible. The judge said she would take his objections under advisement.
Rizzo testified that his friend, despite the last will and testament presented to the court by a notary on Tuesday, would never have agreed to leave everything to his wife.
Three months before his death, Gatti complained to Rizzo that his wife was pushing him to change his will.
"I told him: 'It's fine. You have two kids, your relationship is upside down. You leave half to your daughter and half to your son,' " Rizzo said. "(Gatti) said, 'You don't understand. Amanda wants me to leave everything to her. I will never do that.' "
According to Rizzo, it was after several more conversations, including one where Gatti admits to his friend that he got a black eye from being "sucker-punched" by his wife, that Gatti asked him for help finding a divorce lawyer.
Authorities in Brazil announced Thursday they would take a second look at their investigation into Gatti's death, and possibly order more investigation, after a report was made public on Wednesday concluding the boxer's death was a homicide: After a 10-month investigation a team of U.S. experts concluded Gatti was hit over the head and then strangled.
In Montreal, Rodrigues's lawyer, Pierre-Hugues Fortin, said as far as he was concerned, there was no new probe into Gatti's death in Brazil, and the privately funded 300-page report, commissioned by Gatti's former manager, lacked credibility.
"My client disagrees with the findings," he told reporters outside the courtroom. "There are a lot of unanswered questions."
Fortin will begin his cross-examination of Rizzo on Friday morning.
Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/Gatti...#ixzz1Xk54tJRP