Hey just so you know, here is the police version from the italian newspaper "La Repubblica":
Roma, Morrissey litiga col poliziotto in via del Corso. “Minacce e urla” - La Repubblica
"Poteva uccidermi - accusa la rockstar - impugnava una pistola. La replica della questura: "E' arrivato a forte velocità contromano"
di FEDERICA ANGELI
They claim Sam was driving on the wrong sense at "full speed" and that they stopped him - apparently scared for the threat of a car driving at full speed in the wrong direction - to ask for his documents first, and then Morrissey's.
The article continues:Morrissey was asked four times for a document, but instead of telling them he left the wallet in the hotel he told them he did not do anything and did not had to deliver his document.
Than Sam proceeded to take a photo of they guy (who in the meantime googled Morrissey and realised who he was) and told him "you're going to be famous".
Apparently, both the policeman (whose photo was published) and the italian police want to sue Morrissey, the articles concludes.
The officer claim he never pointed the gun.
Just translating, guys.
Adding the police statement (from a newspaper) I just found
«The car was proceding from Via della Frezza on the wrong direction, tuesday late afternoon, and came into a very crowded (because of the sale week shopping) via del corso. The agents on the "nibbio" motorbikes, who are regularly patrolling the historical center because of counterterrorism measures, did not hesitate to stop the car and ask the people on board for their id». According to the Questura after the first check «the policeman issued the ticket to the driver, who admitted his responsibility - according to the violations commited. But the other person - in other words the singer (exactly like this in the police memo - hilarious ) - has been hostile since the beginning: an english citizen, he insisted saying he could not be forced to produce his ID or state his identity because he commited no felony, and was very surprised he wasn't recognised by the policemen. After some persistence the agents, who spoke english, allowed the person to call the hotel twice, thus learning the man's identity in order to run further checks even in the absence of an ID. During the checks the artist, bothered, shoot some pictures to the policeman threatening “you will become famous”».
(I don't know if the "artist" at the end is supposed to be morrissey or sam)
Sorry for the translation, but police statements are written in a strange funny language
SER has just written in his facebook page (comment in the same photo post) it was not him driving the car and he was not in italy at the moment. What the hell?
This is getting more and more ridicolous.
Sam Esty Rayner Photography:
"The Italian newspapers state, on behalf of Roma Polizia, that the driver of the car was Sam Esty Rayner.
Sam was not the driver; was not in the car; was not in Italy on the date of the incident."
Scan of print edition from Betta:
- SER denies driving car, names officer in FB comments; Morrissey quoted in Metro.co.uk article - July 7, 2017
- Morrissey canceled seven "proposed live dates" in Italy in Sep. due to incident - SER/Rolling Stone - July 5, 2017
- Morrissey accosted in Rome! Police officer demands "papers" - Sam Esty Rayner Photography / FB - July 5, 2017