- The French actress was convicted for declaring a donation of two million euros as a loan and for pretending to live in Portugal in 2016 and 2017.
The renowned French actress Isabelle Adjani, winner of the César award five times, was found guilty of tax evasion and money laundering by a Paris court. She has been fined USD 275,068.25 and given a two-year suspended sentence, which means that she will have probation and will not need to go to jail if the actress behaves as the law requires.
The sentence turned out to be harsher than the prosecution had initially requested.
Adjani was convicted of falsely declaring that her main residence was located in Portugal during the years 2016 and 2017, in order to avoid paying USD 259,664.43 in taxes in France. According to the judge’s ruling, the actress also falsely claimed that a gift of 2 million euros she received in 2013 was a loan to avoid paying 60% of taxes, and that she made an illegal transfer of USD 132,032.76 from an offshore account to another undeclared account in the United States, money that was later transferred to his account in Portugal.
Adjani, who did not attend his trial due to what his lawyers described as an “acute illness” that prevented him from leaving New York City, has denied all allegations. During a hearing in October, prosecutors had requested an 18-month prison sentence for the 68-year-old actress, who became a point of interest after her name appeared in the scandalous “Panama Papers.”
The indictment alleges that Adjani “systematically attempted to pay less income taxes between 2013 and 2017 and, instead of legally saving money by adjusting his lifestyle, he chose to illegally save money through tax evasion.”
The defense maintains that he received the €2 million loan at a time of financial distress and that he planned to repay it over a period of 10 years. Furthermore, they claim that the transfer of the 120,000 euros was initiated by their “Swiss lawyer” and was given as a “donation to the family of her governess so that they could buy a house in Portugal.”