Spanish judge rules 43-year-old is son of singer Julio Iglesias

Javier Sanchez-Santos who claims to be the son of award-winning Spaniard Julio Iglesias arrives to appear before a court in Valencia for a paternity case at City of Justice in Valencia

A Spanish court ruled today that Grammy award-winning singer Julio Iglesias is the biological father of a 43-year-old man after a protracted paternity battle with the star.

75-year-old Iglesias - the father of singer Enrique Iglesias - had refused to provide DNA, but the judge said there was an "obvious physical resemblance".

The determination of this matter is not final and can be appealed before the Provincial Court of Valencia.

The case went to trial on 30 May, and a judge ruled on Wednesday that Edite had provided enough credible details of her romance with Iglesias, as well as the notable visible similarities between the two men, to prove he is Santos's father.

The judge's decision was based on the testimony of María Edite, a former ballerina, who said she had a one-week affair with Iglesias in Sant Feliu de Guíxols on the Costa Brava in 1975 and that Santos was born as a result of that relationship.

The singer's defence team argued that the trial should not take place since the case had already gone to court.


The new trial began after lawyer Fernando Osuna argued that new DNA evidence from the United States by an investigator was a 99.9% match.

Julio Iglesias' lawyer Fernando Falomir told CNN the singer would appeal the ruling and said Iglesias wouldn't refuse to submit to a DNA test under certain circumstances as part of the appeals process.

That test showed that Julio Iglesias Jr and Sanchez were brothers, Osuna claimed. "Julio Iglesias lost. Science wins, lack of reason lost", he added.

Iglesias is known for his romantic ballads and a prolific love life that has always been fodder for tabloid headlines.

Julio Igleasias has three children with first wife Isabel Preysler, and five with his current partner, Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger.

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