Holly Madison is reportedly marrying her fiancé before his court hearing to avoid testifying against him.
The former Playboy model recently announced she will tie the knot with Pasquale Rotella in Disneyland. She shared numerous photos on her blog as “some inspiration for a Rapunzel themed Wedding”. The pair are said to have chosen September 10 for their special day.
However, Pasquale is due in court nine days after the date over charges of bribery, embezzlement, conspiracy and conflict of interest.
It is thought Holly, 33, is deliberately planning to wed the businessman before his hearing as to avoid being a witness at his trial.
“It does seem very suspicious that they would marry on the eve of trial,” Los Angeles criminal defence attorney Dana Cole, who is not involved with the case, told website RadarOnline.com. “That will definitely cancel out the ability of the prosecutor to call her as a witness.”
Pasquale allegedly paid off Los Angeles city officials with $2.5 million from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where his business, Insomniac Events, hosted parties.
While he is free from jail on $1.8 million bail, he could serve 13 years and eight months in prison.
Holly, who gave birth to her and Pasquale’s daughter Rainbow Aurora in March, would have to speak out if they did not wed. If the marriage were to go through, she would not be legally obliged to testify.
“She could testify to his extravagant lifestyle, that kind of thing,” Dana explained. “It’s called marital privilege. There is no timeline set out. California law is very clear that a spouse cannot be compelled to testify against another spouse.”
While the behaviour is suspicious, the couple would be protected by Californian law. It is thought the move would cause dispute among the prosecution.
“Whether the prosecutors are annoyed or not, trials involve a lot of steps and gamesmanships and that’s what this could be,” Dana added. “So in one sense, it’s clever. In another, it’s depriving the jury of valuable information. But it’s all totally lawful.”
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