Italian star/politician waives TV pay

Luca Barbareschi saves 'Nebbie' series

As U.S. actors threaten a strike, Italo TV star Luca Barbareschi has been fighting to work for free.

Barbareschi was elected this year to Italy’s parliament and subsequently joined a commission which oversees pubcaster RAI.

Problem is, he stars in RAI’s crime skein “Nebbie e Delitti” (Shadows and Murders), and he learned his work posed a conflict-of-interest; the series was threatened with getting the ax.

The issue was resolved after the actor waged a media campaign to keep “Murders” alive. He waived his $600,000 fee from RAI for four installments of the skein which is produced by his Casanova Entertainment shingle.

He added he was relieved that his “gesture will serve a purpose.”

“Now I don’t want to see any doctors, lawyers, journalists, or other entrepreneurs who won a seat in parliament continue to accept work paid for with government funds,” warned the feisty Barbareschi.

“Artists aren’t children of a lesser God; they have a right to keep practicing their profession.”

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