Daily Mail: When you own a £220m luxury yacht, a 172 euro fine is hardly going to break the bank. But paying up without causing a fuss has certainly earned Steven Spielberg a few new fans among Italian coastguards.
Billionaire Spielberg, 64, was holidaying with actress Gwyneth Paltrow on his yacht Seven Seas when he was hit with the fine for venturing too close to the Sardinian coastline on his speedboat tender.
The director apparently breached the 900ft exclusion zone from the shoreline at La Maddalena, a picturesque beauty spot off the north east coast of Sardinia, which is renowned as being a millionaire’s playground.
Angry sunbathers called coastguards to complain about the noise from the tender’s powerful outboard motor and they quickly appeared on the scene to confront him.
The contrite film director, whose films include Jaws, Shindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, immediately apologised telling coastguards: ‘I’m sorry. I’m Steven Spielberg. I didn’t know the rules. It’s only right I pay.’