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Spanish court rules Julio Iglesias is father of 43-year old man

Spanish court rules Julio Iglesias is father of 43-year old man”

Javier Sanchez and Maria Edite Santos arrive at court.

Veteran singer Julio Iglesias has lost a paternity trial, after a court determined he is the biological father of Javier Sanchez Santos.

Judge Jose Miguel Bort Ruiz highlighted a "very obvious physical resemblance" between the singer and Javier Sanchez-Santos, who has spoken publicly about his struggle to be recognized as Iglesias' biological son.

But he ruled that the man's mother had provided credible details of her affair with the singer and also cited the physical resemblance between the two men.

In its ruling, the court said Iglesias' refusal to take the DNA test and evidence of "certain contact and relations" between the singer and Santos at the time of conception were sufficient to establish paternity.

On Wednesday (10.07.19), a judge ruled that the 75-year-old music icon is the dad of Javier Sánchez, who was conceived during a brief fling in 1975 between Julio and Portuguese former ballerina Maria Edite.

The new trial began after lawyer Fernando Osuna argued that new DNA evidence from the United States by an investigator was a 99.9% match.

The DNA evidence collected by the private detective came from a water bottle that had been used by the "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" singer's son Julio Iglesias Junior while he was surfing in Miami.

That test showed that Julio Iglesias Jr and Sanchez were brothers, Osuna added.

Iglesias's lawyer, Fernando Falomir, told AFP his client will appeal the ruling on the grounds that the issue had already been "resolved" by the courts.

"The ruling is based on the refusal (to take the DNA test), not on any other evidence".

The Grammy-winning singer, who has sold more than 300m albums over a long career, is probably Spain's biggest global star and sang at the White House at Ronald Reagan's Christmas party.

He has often presented himself as an unapologetic flirt with "an obsession for sex". "I don't even know myself".



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