Gay Italian designers D&G receive suspended jail term
Gay Italian designers Dolce and Gabbana have been handed a suspended 18 months jail term for tax evasion after a Milan court upheld their conviction.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who head-up the Dolce and Gabbana fashion empire, were handed down the reduced sentence on Wednesday by Italy’s Appeals Court.
The Court upheld a verdict issued last June against the pair on charges they used holding company Gado to avoid paying taxes on royalties of 1 billion euros.
Reuters reports that a lawyer for Dolce and Gabbana, who have always denied any wrongdoing, said they would appeal the decision.
"I am speechless. We are all shocked. The judgment is inexplicable and we will appeal," Massimo Dinoia said after the judgment had been handed down.
[Image] D&G used holding company Gado to avoid paying taxes on royalties. Photo: Getty Images