After four years spent attending court appearances for tax evasion charges, the designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce were found innocent by the highest court in Italy.
“We have always been honest and we are extremely proud of this recognition by the Italian Court of Justice,” Dolce and Gabbana said in a straightforward statement following the verdict.
The court had decided to take their case to trial condemning the designers to one year and six months in prison for tax evasion and moral damage to the treasury, as they say in Italy. On Friday the Court of Appeal dismissed the conviction considering that the two defendants had not committed any crime. They also acquitted Luciano Patelli, the general manager of the brand.
Originally, the Milan prosecutor accused the designers of failing to declare income received by the company Gado, created for the management of Dolce & Gabbana and D & G brands during 2004 and 2005. The prosecution argued that it was the classic trick for paying less taxes because although the company had its registered office in Luxembourg, it was administered in Italy.
The charges against the company – and the accused – were not paying taxes on taxable income at 200 million euros. Firstly, Dolce and Gabbana were sentenced to one year and eight months each, which was later reduced to a two-month sentence.
Now that it’s all over, they lament the moral pain, economic and image damages to which they have been subjected. However, they also declare proud to be Italian.
Written by: Natalia Sanchez