German supermodel Nadja Auermann showed up in Berlin’s District Court this morning for the first day of her trial for tax evasion. She and her ex-husband, actor Wolfram Grandezka, are accused of failing to pay taxes on their income between 1999 and 2002, and the amount it’s been suggested they owe the German government is €270,000, or just under $385,000.
Auermann was officially living in Monaco during the three-year period in question, and moved back to her hometown of Berlin in 2002. Prosecutors say she spent more time in Germany than in Monaco and therefore should pay Germany taxes, too. The trial is expected to last three days.
Reportedly, Auermann said she was innocent and planned to fight back against the charges during today’s hearing. When prosecutors asked why she moved back to Germany officially in 2002, she broke down and cried. Her lawyer told the photographer-filled courtroom it was because she wanted to spend time with her dying mother.
Auermann has been, at various times in her career, one of the best-paid models in the business. She’s best known for starring in campaigns for Christian Dior, Versace and Dolce and Gabbana among others. She’s been in the Guinness Book of World Records not once, but twice, for having the longest legs on the planet (44 inches, just in case you were wondering.)
Will she and her ex-husband have to pony up a small fortune to satisfy the German government? Only three days’ time will tell.