An Israeli court has convicted one of the world’s most famous models, Bar Refaeli, on tax evasion charges, and jailed her mother, in a verdict that ends a lengthy case against the celebrity and her family. Wearing a face mask in line with coronavirus regulations, Refaeli and her mother, Zipi, entered the Tel Aviv court to a flurry of camera flashes from photographers. The pair confessed to offences of evading taxes on income nearing $10m (£7.9m). Under a plea bargain agreement made last month, Refaeli will serve nine months of community service and her mother will be sent to prison for 16 months. They were also ordered to pay a £1.2m fine on top of millions of back taxes owed to the state. Refaeli’s lawyers argued that the plea bargain showed she had not intentionally evaded tax.
Driving under the influence and threatening hospital staff. Also interestingly he is likely to get a fine for giving an illegal concert in June.
Wegas participated in “Ein Lied für Rom”, the Austrian heat of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991 with the song “Wunder dieser Welt”. The song was placed second but Wegas was invited to represent Austria in 1992. He performed “Zusammen geh’n” in Malmö and despite being one of the favourites to win, could only manage the tenth place. Austrian television decided to give him another chance in 1993 and he performed all of the songs in the national selection contest, “Veni Vidi Wegas”. The winning song, “Maria Magdalena” came a disappointing fourteenth in Millstreet. In 1993 he appeared in the Austrian set comedy series Hochwürden erbt das Paradies. In the following years, Tony had major problems with alcohol and other drugs. In 2000 he wrote a book about his addiction.
In February 2010, she was charged with causing bodily harm by German police for having unprotected sex with three men between 2004 and 2006, without informing them she was HIV-positive. In August of that same year, she was found guilty of hiding her HIV status from sexual partners and was given a two-year suspended sentence and 300 hours of community service. In September 2010, Nadja Benaissa officially left the band due to private reasons, leaving the No Angels as a trio.
Gemma Abbey, one half of pop band Jemini, claimed tax credits as a single mum – but officials found photos of her getting married in the Mediterranean on her social media site. Abbey admitted two counts of fraud and she was handed a 30-week prison sentence, suspended for one year, plus a one-year supervision order. The fraudulent benefits are to be reclaimed through deductions on her future payments. Jemini sang an off-key performance of Cry Baby and recorded Britain’s worst ever score picking up no points.
Although 30-year-old musician Omar Naber has persistently denied the prosecution’s allegations that he groped and sexually harassed a 21-year-old student at Ljubljana’s Bachus disco in 2005 on the night of October 27, he failed to convince the judges. After being sentenced to probation by a district court in November 2010, the sentence of seven months in prison, suspended for two years for the crime of sexual violence, was also upheld by a higher court. Due to the statute of limitations, however, it dismissed the part of the charge relating to causing light bodily harm.
The artist Stella Mwangi was charged with violating Section 31 (1) of the German Road Traffic Act because of driving a motor vehicle when she was influenced by alcohol. Mwangi has refused to drive with per thousand and in the final act of prosecution. Of course, the police will not judge her for driving. The actress Marita Hagen nonetheless asks for a 24-day prison sentence with a two-year probationary period because she was drunk after an accident and harassment by public servants. The police also believe that Mwangi must pay a fine of 29,000 crowns and lose the driver’s license for 12 months.
ELNUR HÜSEYNOV’S BROTHER
The brother of Elnur Hüseynov, one half of the duo that represented next year’s host country Azerbaijan at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, is in the hospital after being stabbed by a knife – handled by no other than Samir, the other half of the duo. Alvin Huseynov was allegedly stabbed by the other half of the 2008 Eurovision duo, Samir Javadzade. The alleged incident is a fall from grace for the successful singer and suggests serious tensions between Elnur and Samir however it is still a bit unsure what actually took place. According to the police Samir stabbed Alvin as he stirred up some fuss at home, but it might just have been a natural reflex to defend himself.
Antony Costa has reportedly been caught urinating on a cash machine in central London. The Blue singer was photographed in the act and the evidence has been handed over to the police, the Sunday Mirror reports. A police spokesperson said: “We do not condone this type of behaviour and this incident will be looked into.” Costa could be fined Â£100 if he is charged with a public order offence.
Guy Sebastian was surrounded and arrested by 10 pistol-wielding police officers in Los Angeles on suspicion of grand theft auto. SEOnly the car he had allegedly stolen happened to be his own. The snazzy warbler, who divides his time between Oz and the City of Angels as he tries to get a foothold on the US market, had reported his American wheels stolen to the LAPD after the car went missing two weeks ago. Unbeknown to Sebastian, the car had been towed. Returning Down Under from his second home to sing on the Today show live from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, he was overheard telling the ever-sympathetic Kerri-Anne Kennerley about his dramatic arrest.
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