MADRID —A judge in Spain has found that there is sufficient evidence to establish that a 43-year-old man is the biological son of Julio Iglesias even though the singer refused to have a DNA test.
The judge, in fact, cited Iglesias' refusal to submit to genetic testing as part of the evidence that persuaded him to rule in favor of Javier Sánchez in his paternity suit against the 75-year-old crooner.
The judge's ruling issued Wednesday said "there existed contacts and a relationship between the mother of (Sánchez and Iglesias) near the date of conception."
Sánchez says his mother, María Edite Santos, gave birth to him in 1975, exactly nine months after she met Iglesias at a party.
Iglesias' lawyers say they will appeal the decision.
Any possible financial compensation for Sánchez would be determined at a separate trial.
Smiths launch new media venture
LOS ANGELES — Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are looking to expand their brands under a new corporate umbrella. The Hollywood power couple on Wednesday announced the launch of a new media venture.
According to a statement, Westbrook Inc. will be a cross-platform holding company "formed to execute the Smith family's global content and commerce business strategy."
In a statement, the couple said Westbrook's mission is "to spread positive ideas, art and products that entertain and empower the greatest number of lives." Westbrook Studios will serve as the studio home to all new premium TV and motion-picture projects. The company will also develop projects as starring vehicles for Will Smith.
Elvis' limo, pickup cycle going to auction
LOS ANGELES — Elvis Presley fans can take to the road in his personal stretch limousine, on his last motorcycle or in a pickup truck if they have the money, an auction house announced Wednesday.
Kruse GWS Auctions said the items will be part of its Artifacts of Hollywood auction on Aug. 31.
Presley drove the white-on-white 1973 Lincoln Continental stretch many times around Memphis, Tenn., Kruse said. It features an old-school TV and other amenities. There are photos showing "the King" driving the car he was in when he stopped at a car accident in Memphis in 1976.
The auction house said a 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide motorcycle is the last motorcycle Presley ever purchased. He transported it from California to Memphis and sold it 90 days before he died in 1977 at age 42. The Harley has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, S.D., since the late 1980s.
The third Presley vehicle is one of three GMC pickups Presley purchased in 1967 for his Circle G Ranch in Mississippi. Two years later, his father, Vernon, sold them back to the same dealership, the auction house said. It has undergone a total restoration.
Compiled from Associated Press reports.