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Singer Julio Iglesias did father a secret son, court rules

He’s the
daddy: Julio
Iglesias, and (below)
‘biological
son’ Javier
Sanchez with
mum Maria
Edite
Santos PICTURES: AFP/GETTY

SINGER Julio Iglesias has lost a 30-year-long paternity suit as a court ruled he did father a ballerina’s son.

The 75-year-old refused to provide DNA evidence after Maria Edite Santos claimed they had a week-long fling in July 1975, resulting in the birth of Javier Sanchez.

But a judge ruled he is the ‘biological father’ of the 43-year-old, who he said bore an ‘obvious physical resemblance’ to the singer.

Judge José Miguel Bort said Portuguese Ms Edite provided credible evidence of their affair, adding: ‘The possibility that sexual relations took place is not unlikely nor preposterous.’

Lawyers for father-of-eight Iglesias argued the trial in Valencia should not have taken place as the case, first brought in 1992, had been quashed on appeal.

This latest trial was agreed after new DNA evidence, obtained from a ‘water bottle’ used by the singer’s son — Julio Jr — and left on a Miami beach, proved to be a 99.9 per cent match. But Judge Bort discarded the evidence in his ruling.

Iglesias, who has sold more than 300million records, can appeal the latest verdict.