ROME — Sophia Loren has taken legal action to stop Italy’s right-wing National Alliance party from using her image in a political campaign that associates immigrants with rape.
Rome has recently been plastered with posters featuring a still from Italo thesp’s 1961 Oscar-winning performance in Vittorio De Sica’s “Two Women,” a wartime drama in which Loren and her screen daughter are raped in an Italian church by Moroccan soldiers.
The posters bearing the words “Mai piu” (Never Again) have been put up by the former neo-fascist National Alliance following a string of rape cases, some involving foreigners — including a Moroccan immigrant — as suspects.
“My client is not willing to lend her image to any individual political party,” warned Loren’s Italian attorney, Fabrizio Siggia, in a statement demanding the posters’ immediate removal.
The images were used without permission, a blatant infringement of Italian copyright law.