Top model Bar Refaeli quizzed over tax claims
Published 18/12/2015 | 02:30
Supermodel Bar Refaeli is under investigation in her native Israel over allegations that she evaded paying local tax on earnings from her international career.
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.