Wednesday 18 October 2017

Top model Bar Refaeli quizzed over tax claims

Bar Refaeli
Bar Refaeli

Alison Howze in Jerusalem

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.

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