Julio Iglesias brought much pride to Spain with his spectacular music. He enjoys great fame and has the record of selling over 300 million albums over his very long career. His records are popular in over 14 different languages. Iglesias even had the honor of singing at the White House in 1983, for Ronald Reagan’s Christmas party. He is currently in his seventies, and facing a court case he didn’t quite expect.
The Ongoing Paternity Case
A Spanish court has ruled that the famous Julio Iglesias is, in fact, that biological father of a 42-year-old male. The case was in process for two years and was presided by a judge in Valencia. The man who claims he is the son of Iglesias is a resident of Italy by the name Javier Sánchez Santos. Julio Iglesias has been refusing prompts to supply a sample of his DNA.
The Basis of the Court’s Decision
Going forward, the Valencia judge based his final decision on María Edite’s testimony. Edite is a former ballerina who had a brief affair one week long with Julio Iglesias in the 1970s. The fling took place in Sant Feliu de Guíxols in 1975, on the Costa Brava.
The fling was precisely nine months before the birth of Santos. Thus, Santos is then the product of this affair. It is not implausible that the pair could have engaged in a relationship. Márie was able to provide accurate details about the villa that Iglesias was staying in around the time of Santos’ conception. She relayed information on the location of the property and its interior layout. She was also able to present evidence of dealings between Iglesias and her in the court.
Case Closed – Or Not?
The case is by no means a new one. The case first came up in the appeal court in 1992 and the Supreme Court in 1999. However, Santos’ lawyer insisted that the DNA sample procured by a US detective was enough basis for the reopening of the case. The lawyer, Fernando Osuna, went on to reopen the case, using a water bottle from which Julio Iglesias Jr. had taken a sip. Julio Iglesias Jr. is the singer’s son, and he had been in Miami surfing when the detective got hold of this evidence.
Despite reopening the case, the judge refused to accept the water bottle DNA sample as evidence. In the judge’s ruling, he stated that there was a distinct resemblance between Santos and Iglesias. Tracing back to the fact that there was evidence of a relationship between Santos’ mother and Iglesias, the judge ruled that Santos was the star’s son.
Iglesias’ Legal Team Isn’t Giving Up.
The star’s lawyers did disclose that the star will appeal against the court’s decision. Iglesias’ lawyer had objections on the ground that the case shouldn’t go on for so long as the court’s settlement for this issue dates back to several years ago. After 1992’s court ruling, which was in favor of Javier Santos, the trial went to Supreme Court. At that point, the verdict came out in favor of Iglesias, and this was in the year 1999.
Iglesias was not present in court during this ruling. Iglesias, a father of eight, is consistently denying any biological relations to Santos. He has three children with his first wife, Isabel Preysler, and another five with Miranda Rijnsburger, his second wife. Iglesias walked down the aisle with Preysler in 1971. He was still in a marital relationship during his alleged affair with Márie Edite Santos. Before the ruling, Preysler said that she believes Julio will fulfill his responsibilities as a father if the paternity claim stands true. According to her, Iglesias has always been a responsible person with strong principles.
This long-going court battle has been hitting European news headlines time and again over the years. However, perhaps it will all come to an end soon as Iglesias’ lawyer spoke with CNN in 2019 saying would submit to the DNA testing. But this will happen under specific circumstances. The star’s refusal to engage in DNA sampling is one of the deciding factors that the Spanish court based their ruling on. However, with these new developments, we could hope for this three-decade-long paternity battle to end soon. Maybe Javier will obtain his long-anticipated recognition as the Spanish star’s son… or maybe not.