So it looks like there will be no trial after all for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who were cleared on Friday of charges resulting from a two year investigation for tax evasion. Officials reported several weeks ago that the well- known designers had allegedly set up a faux business in Luxembourg and then neglected to report taxes on any of the income made, putting them in a serious legal bind.
Dolce and Gabbana will still be held responsible for a still undecided amount, which will have to be paid back to the Italian government, but no trial will take place. The charges against the designers' accountant Luciano Patelli, Domenico Dolce's brother Alfonso and three other defendant involved in the case were all dropped. Giuseppe Bana, who represents Patelli, stated: "The judge prevented this from going too far, it’s an investigation that should never have been initiated in the first place.”
When the news became public, some fashion media outlets did note that tax-related problems can be common in the fashion world due to the loss or outright negligence of the necessary paperwork (who has time when you're so fabulous?) But however long it takes to fill out a W-2 doesn't come close to the amount of time spent in a courtroom or, goodness forbid, a jail cell.
So tucking this cautionary tale under their Italian leather belts, Dolce and Gabbana have now learned this valuable life lesson and will hopefully never have to deal with this kind of "unpleasantness" again.
Article Source: NY Mag, WWD
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