VALENCIA, Spain – A Spanish court announced on Wednesday it had postponed a hearing in a paternity suit against Spanish singer Julio Iglesias filed by a man who claims to be his son in order for a new DNA test to take place.
The hearing, which had been scheduled for March 4, was postponed indefinitely so that a new DNA test could be conducted in order to rule out the ex-husband of Javier Sanchez-Santos’ mother as his father.
A previous paternity test on Sanchez-Santos and the former husband of his mother Maria Edite Santos Raposo, a retired dancer, proved negative during a prior court case that was dismissed in 1999 due to a procedural error, Fernando Osuna, the law firm that presented the paternity law suit, told EFE.
The difference this time was that the previous paternity test between Sanchez-Santos and his stepfather was obtained privately and now the judge has ordered an impartial test to be carried out by Spain’s national health service.
Despite the court’s decision, Fernando Osuna said: “If DNA test results were promptly made available, it could still be feasible to meet the March 4 court date as scheduled.”
Fernando Osuna, from the southern city of Seville and who has dealt successfully with other paternity suits, including one involving bullfighter Manuel Benitez, commonly known as El Cordobes, has asked Iglesias to undergo a DNA test prior to the hearing after failing in a similar request last October.
The law firm said it had asked Iglesias to complete a DNA test prior to the court hearing, adding that if he fails to do so a test would be carried out on the singer’s children instead.
Sanchez-Santos was born in 1976, allegedly after relations between Iglesias and Santos Raposo.
He included in the law suit a DNA test allegedly proving Iglesias is his father, carried out by a private investigator in the United States city Miami, where the singer lives, after biological samples were collected from Iglesias’ trash can.