Julio Iglesias today lost three-decade long paternity suit after Spanish court ruled he IS the father of 43-year-old man, born to Portuguese dancer he met in 1975
Former ballerina, Maria Edite Sanchez has maintained that her son Javier Sanchez is the son of singer Julio Iglesias
She says he was born nine months after they spent a week together in Girona in 1975
Julio Iglesias never did a DNA test but Javier’s team two years ago obtained a match from a male relative of the singer who showed a 99% match
Sanchez’s lawyer said the paternity case could be decided as early as next week
Maria Edite seen leaving the courtroom last week with her son Javier, called on Iglesias to have the DNA test and acknowledge ‘a wonderful son I am very proud of’
For three decades since, former ballerina Maria Edite Sanchez has been trying to prove that her 43-year-old son Javier Sanchez-Santos is the child resulting from the brief affair she had with the 75-year-old Grammy award-winning singer.
Iglesias has always refused to take a DNA test, but a judge declared that Edite provided credible details of the relationship and pointed to the the physical resemblance between the two men.
Julio Iglesias [left] has lost a three-decade-long paternity dispute as a Spanish court today ruled that he is the father of Javier Sanchez-Santos [right]. Iglesias has indicated that he will appeal ruling on the paternity case
Maria Edite [photo L-R], Portuguese born former ballerina, claims that she had an affair with Iglesias after the pair met in 1975. Her son Javier is a product of their union, she has maintained for over three decades
Maria Edite Sánchez with her son Javier Sánchez, in 1995, at the presentation of the album ‘I am like you’ in a nightclub in Madrid
Victory at last: Maria Edite [left] has been trying to prove that her 43-year-old son Javier Sanchez-Santos [right] is the child of the the 75-year-old Grammy award-winning singer who she had an affair with in 1975
A Valencia court today issued a statement ruling that the judge ‘declares that Julio Iglesias is his [Sanchez’s] biological father’.
At a hearing last week, Sanchez’s attorneys – who brought the initial lawsuit – said that the ‘great physical resemblance between father and son’ is a clue towards their client’s true parentage.
In addition, they said it has been proved by DNA that he is not the son of Edite’s then husband, whose name was Sanchez.
Julio Iglesias never did a DNA test but Javier’s team two years ago obtained a match from a male relative of the singer who showed a 99% match.
Edite’s attorney, Fernando Osuna, said the Prosecutor’s Office, which at the beginning of the proceedings was against the reopening of the case, in the end strengthened the defense claim of paternity, when “He has invoked a sentence of the Supreme Court in a similar case decided in 2017, in which the father refused to be tested for DNA, and the court penalized him for that refusal.”
Adding,” you are free not to be proof, but stick to the consequence, and that makes you a father as long as there are signs. ” you are free to refuse providing proof, but stick to the consequence, and that makes you a father as long as there are signs. ”
Iglesias – also father of music superstar Enrique – has sold more than 300 million records in 14 languages, making him the best-selling Latin artist ever.
Maria Edite [left], Javier Sanchez [center], and his girlfriend Chiara [right] arrive at the court in Valencia last week
He has eight other children. Three were born in his marriage to Isabel Preysler and five with his wife Miranda Rijnsburger.
Leaving the courtroom last week, a smiling Edite called on Iglesias to have the DNA test and acknowledge ‘a wonderful son I am very proud of’.
If Iglesias disputes the ruling, the case could be sent to the European Court of Human Rights.
The paternity suit has lasted decades. Sanchez won a court ruling in his favor as far back as 1992, declaring that Iglesias was his biological father.
During the re-trial Edite’s attorneys brought evidence that Javier was born “at just nine months” of the alleged sexual relations that María Edite had with the singer in Girona 44 years ago, a fact neither party has disputed.
The plaintiff’s team also pointed to the “the great physical resemblance between father and son”.
Furthermore, was “The unjustified refusal of Julio Iglesias to get the DNA test”, as well as the fact that it has been demonstrated through a genetic analysis that their client is not the son of the ex-husband of María Edite’s ex-husband, Sánchez.
Iglesias seen here receiving the Most Successful Latin Artist award is also father of music superstar Enrique. He has sold more than 300 million records in 14 languages, making him the best-selling Latin artist ever