Stefano Gabbana Vehemently Denies Tax Evasion Charges Via Twitter

(FILES) This file picture taken on September 25, 2011 during the Milan's women fashion week shows designers Stefano Gabbana (L) and Domenico Dolce acknowledging the audience at the end of the Dolce & Gabbana Spring-Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection. Italian media said on November 23, 2011 that fashion house duo Dolce & Gabbana may stand trial for alleged tax fraud after Italy's highest court the same day overturned a judge's decision to throw the case against them out. AFP PHOTO / FILES /FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce. Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/2011 AFP

An Italian court overturned an earlier ruling that dropped the charges of tax evasion against Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Now the designers will have to appear in court for a hearing before a new judge. When the court's decision was announced last week, Gabbana tweeted, "Ladri!!!" ("Thieves" in Italian.) Presumably addressing the Italian State, he wrote, "They don't know what to do to get money out of us." The tweets were quickly removed, but the designer later added, "It's really true that in Italy they do what they want…as they please… Perhaps it would be best to leave… First they have to pay me for the slanders…and then I leave!!!:)) Why should I pay for something I didn't do?"

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