An Israeli court docket sentenced prime mannequin Bar Refaeli on Sunday to 9 months of neighborhood service and sentenced her mom to 16 months in jail, ending a chronic tax evasion case that had sullied the picture of a once-beloved nationwide icon.
Refaeli entered the Tel Aviv courthouse in a beige T-shirt and sporting a light-weight blue surgical face masks. She was accompanied by her father, Raffi, her mom, Tzipi, and flanked by legal professionals. The 35-year-old Refaeli and her mom had been convicted in July to offenses of evading paying taxes on earnings nearing $10 million.
In line with a plea cut price accepted by the court docket, the 2 had been additionally ordered to pay a $1.5 million tremendous on prime of hundreds of thousands of again taxes owed to the state. Tzipi Refaeli is ready to start serving her jail sentence subsequent week.
The extended case, constructed across the movie star mannequin’s worldwide earnings and the household’s makes an attempt to downplay her ties to Israel, broken her well-crafted public picture as an off-the-cuff ambassador for the nation.
Nonetheless, she stays a preferred TV character and pitch-woman whose picture is ubiquitous on freeway billboards all through the nation. Final 12 months, she hosted the Eurovision Tune Contest in Tel Aviv.
The case facilities round Refaeli’s residence throughout years when she traveled around the globe in high-profile modeling campaigns, graced the duvet of the Sports activities Illustrated swimsuit version and had a prolonged romantic relationship with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
Israeli tax regulation determines residency primarily upon whether or not the individual spent a lot of the calendar 12 months within the nation. Refaeli claimed that she hadn’t and due to this fact didn’t need to declare her earnings throughout sure years.
Prosecutors rejected her declare and charged her with offering incorrect tax data. Refaeli’s indictment mentioned she earned some $7.2 million between the years 2009-2012 whereas claiming to reside abroad to keep away from paying Israeli taxes on her earnings.
In earlier appeals, an Israeli court docket dominated that Refaeli’s relationship with DiCaprio didn’t qualify as a “household unit,” and due to this fact she couldn’t declare his U.S. residence to keep away from paying the total taxes she owed.
Refaeli’s legal professionals mentioned the plea cut price proved she had not deliberately evaded paying taxes. Refaeli’s mom, who additionally acted as her agent, was charged with failure to report earnings, avoiding paying taxes and aiding another person in evading tax funds. The indictment mentioned she signed leases for her daughter underneath the names of different relations to blur Refaeli’s precise residency standing and kept away from declaring her personal earnings as her daughter’s agent.