VALENCIA, Spain – A 40-year-old Spaniard has filed on Monday a paternity suit against singer-songwriter Julio Iglesias in an eastern Spanish court after having obtained DNA evidence allegedly linked to the famous performer.
Javier Sanchez Santos spoke to journalists outside the court in the city of Valencia, where his lawyer had filed the suit based on what he said was irrefutable DNA proof, obtained by what he described as the best team of detectives in the country.
“It has taken 27 years to get DNA evidence that my biological father has always rejected,” Sanchez said.
“This evidence indicates with an accuracy of 99.9 percent that I am his son and that my mother has always told the truth,” he added.
Sanchez added that his lawyer, Fernando Osuna from Seville, had led a similar paternity suit successfully on behalf of Manuel Diaz against bullfighter Manuel Benitez, known as “El Cordobes.”
For his part, Osuna said that he fully expected to encounter some difficulties in the case, although he hoped that “scientific truth” would override any other considerations.
“The percentage of compatibility is very high and, if we present this case, it is precisely because we are convinced that he is genetically the son of Julio Iglesias,” the lawyer said.
The attorney acknowledged that the DNA “was not voluntarily provided,” and he did not clarify who exactly the genetic material had come from, only saying that it “is from his family environment.”
Sanchez said the idea of filing a new suit – he had previously presented another case in 1999 that was rejected on a technicality – came from his mother, who had heard about the successful legal action against the bullfighter.