Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow have been on Spielberg’s luxury yacht off the coast of Sardinia, Italy when Speilberg got in trouble with the law. Well, not a lot of trouble. But Steven Spielberg got fined in Italy for riding his speedboat too close to shore and upsetting sunbathers.
Steven Spielberg may be a billionaire Hollywood hit maker, but that doesn’t mean he’s above the law, especially when it comes to upsetting billionaire sunbathers on La Maddalena beach, a playground for the rich and famous.
It seems he and his god-daughter Gwyneth Paltrow along with some other people were spending time on his yacht, Seven Seas, when he took out a speed boat and roared around too close to the shore. Sunbathers on the beach called the police and the Jaws creator had to ante up for his antics.
He got fined 172 euros which he paid promptly after apologizing for his actions.
Coastguard Vincenzo Petrella said: “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 recognised 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 metres of the shore.
“I said that I had no other option but to fine him. He was very apologetic and even offered to pay there and then but 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.”
The 172 euros fine is unlikely to bother the 64-year-old director who has an estimated fortune of $3 billion. His $360 million yacht is equipped with a helipad, two swimming pools, a spa, massage room and two home cinemas and travels with a crew of around 25.