Mannequin Bar Refaeli was sentenced by an Israeli courtroom on Sunday to 9 months of group service alongside together with her mom, who obtained 16 months in jail for tax evasion, placing an finish to a protracted courtroom battle.
The 35-year-old Refaeli and her mom had been convicted in July on offenses of evading paying taxes on revenue nearing $10 million in a case that sullied the identify of the once-beloved nationwide icon.
Refaeli entered the Tel Aviv courthouse in a beige T-shirt and sporting a lightweight blue surgical face masks. She was accompanied by her father, Raffi, her mom, Zipi, and flanked by legal professionals.
In response to a plea discount accepted by the courtroom, the 2 had been additionally ordered to pay a $1.5 million high-quality on high of thousands and thousands of again taxes owed to the state. Zipi Refaeli is about to start serving her jail sentence subsequent week.
The extended case, constructed across the celeb mannequin’s worldwide revenue 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 Music Contest in Tel Aviv.
The case facilities round Refaeli’s residence throughout years when she traveled all over the world 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 legislation determines residency primarily upon whether or not the particular person spent a lot of the calendar 12 months within the nation. Refaeli claimed that she hadn’t and subsequently didn’t need to declare her revenue 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 revenue.
In earlier appeals, an Israeli courtroom dominated that Refaeli’s relationship with DiCaprio didn’t qualify as a “household unit,” and subsequently she couldn’t declare his U.S. residence to keep away from paying the complete taxes she owed.
Refaeli’s legal professionals mentioned the plea discount proved she had not deliberately evaded paying taxes. Refaeli’s mom, who additionally acted as her agent, was charged with failure to report revenue, avoiding paying taxes and aiding another person in evading tax funds. The indictment mentioned she signed leases for her daughter beneath the names of different relations to blur Refaeli’s precise residency standing and shunned declaring her personal revenue as her daughter’s agent.
The Related Press contributed to this report.