Saturday 1 October 2016

Top model Bar Refaeli quizzed over tax claims

Alison Howze in Jerusalem

Published 18/12/2015 | 02:30

Bar Refaeli
Bar Refaeli

Supermodel Bar Refaeli is under investigation in her native Israel over allegations that she evaded paying local tax on earnings from her international career.

  • Go To

Lawyers for the 30-year-old, who Israeli media have reported is worth up to $20m (€18.5m), rejected the accusations.

Her lawyers said the case centred on a long-running dispute with Israeli authorities over whether Refaeli, a former 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit cover model, should be considered a resident of Israel for tax purposes.

The authorities' investigation of Refaeli was the worst-kept secret in Israel this week, although a gag order kept her name and face out of the media.

That was lifted yesterday, in tandem with a court hearing at which she was not required to appear.

Refaeli, a former host of the music talent show 'X-Factor Israel', was questioned for 12 hours by tax investigators on Wednesday. She was not taken into custody. Refaeli, who for a time dated Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, married an Israeli businessman in September at a wedding attended by more than 300 people.

Irish Independent

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in World News