You may have forgotten that designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were indicted in 2010 by Italian officials for tax evasion. Well, just this past week, Judge Antonella Brambilla rejected their counsel, Massimo Dinoia’s objections, which sought to dismiss the tax-evasion charges, and the designer duo is set to start trial after the new year. So, what are the Italian designers up against? Accusations that they along, with several business associates, failed to pay about $540 million in taxes stemming from the sale of the Dolce & Gabbana brand in 2004.
Following a lower court’s ruling in 2011, dismissing the charges, it appeared that the designers were off the hook. However, not long after, the Italian Supreme Court overturned that ruling, and as of now, prosecutor Gaetano Ruta has lined up 15 witnesses to testify in the trial. The designers and the other defendants could also be questioned during the trial, but they are not obliged to and can delegate their lawyers. They probably will, considering none of the defendants attended either hearing.