10/20/1998 AT 12:00 AM EDT
The husband of Victoria Gotti is not taking stories about their splitting up lying down. "I'm married to one of the most beautiful, classiest, intelligent woman in the country that I know," scrap metal dealer Carmine Agnello said in a statement issued by his attorney. Agnello (who currently faces state racketeering charges for allegedly threatening members of an undercover police sting) was responding to a New York Post story that said Gotti, a best-selling novelist and daughter of imprisoned New York mob boss John Gotti, tossed her husband of 15 years out of their $4-million Long Island mansion and changed the locks after discovering Agnello had had an affair. Agnello called the story "a blatant lie." Gotti's attorney did not return a call to the Associated Press.