In a story distributed Nov. 17, 2021, The Associated Press incorrectly covered the selling of a Miami chateau by a multimillion-dollar trust set up for the consideration of a German shepherd. AP composed that the canine acquired the trust from the late German Countess Karlotta Liebenstein.
AP can find no proof the lady existed, and is investigating different inquiries this story has raised. AP additionally mistakenly detailed that Carla Riccitelli is on the board that deals with the trust. Fortress LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Editor’s note: AP is supplanting the anecdote about the offer of a Miami manor once possessed by Madonna with this piece, which takes a gander at how the story of a German shepherd and a trust has for quite some time been utilized as an exposure trick to hoodwink correspondents. The AP succumbed to parts of the trick and is eliminating the wrong story. For over 20 years, a line of German shepherds named Gunther has been introduced in reports as the well off recipients of a German lady. The story has all the earmarks of being a ploy made by Maurizio Mian, the scion of an Italian drug organization, who has utilized the story of the globe-jogging canine to advance land deals and different tasks. The Associated Press announced last week that a canine, Gunther VI, was selling a Miami chateau that it had bought from Madonna for $7.5 million out of 2000 for $31.75 million. The story refered to claims from Gunther’s “controller” that the canine was from a long queue of canines granted the fortune of a German royal lady.
While the manor is indeed possessed and being sold by the Gunther Corp., as per Miami-Dade County property records, the canine’s job seems, by all accounts, to be minimal in excess of a joke that is carried on for a really long time. Also, there is no proof of a German countess.The AP wrote about the story subsequent to getting an official statement from marketing experts addressing the realtors who had the posting. “The AP distributed a story that didn’t satisfy our guidelines and ought not have been distributed. We didn’t do our due industriousness in the announcing system. We have remedied the story, and we apologize,” AP representative Lauren Easton said in an assertion. Mian told an Italian paper in 1995 that the royal lady “was only a development to advance the way of thinking” of his establishment. Mian at different focuses has asserted his admissions about the noblewoman are the genuine lie and the canine stories are, indeed genuine.
Mian’s own cash seems to have come from his family’s Italian drug business. Istituto Gentili, which fostered a treatment for the bone-debilitating infection osteoporosis with the U.S. drug goliath Merck, was bought by Merck in 1997. An Italian cellphone number recorded for Mian was not addressed Tuesday. Reacting to inquiries from the AP Tuesday about the veracity of the story, Monica Tirado, head of the Gunther Group, said that Carla Riccitelli, who depicted herself to the AP as Gunther’s overseer, is Mian’s “ex-accomplice.”
Tirado said that the company couldn’t answer further questions, including about the story of the German countess, because “there is an exclusive contract with a Netflix production.” A request for comment with Netflix to get details about any production was not returned. This is just the latest in a string of tales about Gunther told by Mian. In 1999, The Miami Herald reported that Gunther IV was trying to purchase a mansion from actor Sylvester Stallone. The next day, the Herald reported that it was just a publicity stunt. “If you want to write it’s a joke, you can write that,” Mian told the Herald.
“I won’t do anything.” In Mian’s tale of the dogs, the Gunthers are supposedly supported by a multi-million dollar trust set up by German countess Karlotta Liebenstein when she died in 1992 to care for her dog, Gunther III, and his progeny. The AP has found no evidence that Liebenstein existed.