Accusations that the pair avoided paying €416 million in taxes ($540 million at the current exchange rate) started flying after the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands were sold to a holding company in 2004, and they were indicted in 2010. In 2011, a lower court judge decided that the case against the design duo was unfounded and therefore should not go to trial, but the Italian Supreme Court overturned that ruling (prompting Gabbana to post a very angry tweet about the Italian government). Now, despite the objections of the designers’ lawyer, Judge Antonella Brambilla has scheduled hearings for Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and Feb. 20, WWD reports.
While the government clearly has enough evidence against the pair to prosecute, Dolce and Gabbana have fired back saying that the accusations are based on an “absurd abstract calculation”. We’re certainly interested to see how this one plays out!