Spanish court rules Julio Iglesias is father of 43-year old man

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 20 YEAR legal battle regarding a paternity suit against the Spanish singer Julio Iglesias has reached a Valencia court, and today a Judge ruled that he considered the claimant to be the singer's son.

Judge Jose Miguel Bort Ruiz highlighted a "very obvious physical resemblance" between the singer and Javier Sanchez-Santos, who has spoken publicly about his struggle to be recognized as Iglesias' biological son. The ruling from a court in Valencia effectively makes him Iglesias' ninth child.

The judge also said there was evidence that Iglesias and Edite had contact at around the time that Sanchez was conceived, which means that "the possibility that sexual relations took place between them is not unlikely nor preposterous".

Iglesias, 75, who was not in court, has consistently denied the accusation and his lawyers say he will appeal against the decision.

Julio's defence team had argued that the trial should not take place since the case had already gone to court before and had been dismissed.

Tests are said to have shown that Sánchez and Julio Iglesias Jr were brothers.

The judge refused to admit the DNA evidence obtained by the detective.

Julio Iglesias and his family in 1975.

The ruling means Iglesias can now be referred to as a father of nine.

The DNA evidence collected by the private detective came from a water bottle that had been used by the "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" singer's son Julio Iglesias Junior while he was surfing in Miami.

'Javier won the trial.

The Grammy-winning singer, who has sold more than 300m albums over a long career, is probably Spain's biggest worldwide star and sang at the White House at Ronald Reagan's Christmas party. Santos aside, he has eight children, three from his relationship with Isabel Preysler, whom he married in 1971, and five more with his second wife, Miranda Rijnsburger.

'I don't even know myself'.



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