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Singer Julio Iglesias is biological father of 43-year-old Spaniard

Valencia, Spain, Jul 10 (EFE).- Spanish singer Julio Iglesias is the biological father of 43-year-old man, the product of a fling with a former ballerina in 1975, a court ruled Wednesday.

The regional high court in Valencia ruled in favor of María Edite Santos and her son Javier Sánchez-Santos after the performer refused to undergo a paternity test.

Edite first filed the paternity lawsuit in 1991.

The judge underlined the credibility of her testimony in providing a detailed description of the love affair with Iglesias, which took place near Girona, in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region.

"It's not improbable nor unreasonable to think that sexual relations took place between them," Judge José Miguel Bort said.

He added that there was an "evident physical resemblance" between the singer and Sánchez-Santos.

The judge said it would be an "incredible and improbable coincidence" that Sánchez-Santos was not Iglesias' biological son given the "remarkable resemblance" and the fact that he was conceived precisely at the time that his mother had been with the performer.

Sánchez-Santos' lawyer, Fernando Osuna, last week lamented Iglesias' refusal to take a paternity test.

The suit was delayed earlier in the year so that a DNA test could be carried out on Edite's ex-husband to rule him out as the father.

A test at a prior court case in 1999 was dismissed due to a procedural error.

Edite called on Iglesias to put an end to legal proceedings and to recognize Sánchez-Santos as his son, adding that she was "very proud" of him.

A friend of Sánchez-Santos, named only as José, told Efe that he has requested for his privacy to be respected in the coming week.

"He has asked everyone to give him a week of peace and quiet," he said. "He's taking in the news, which he was happy to get, with tears and hugs."

Iglesias, one of the most successful and influential Hispanic artists, has nine children, including pop singer Enrique Iglesias.

The 75-year-old has the option of appealing the ruling.

In May, he received an honorary Grammy in recognition of his career, which began when he was aged just 24.

He has sold more than 250 million records in 14 languages worldwide in a career that has spanned more than half a century.

Throughout his career, Iglesias has shared the stage with celebrities including Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Placido Domingo, Charles Aznavour and Sting.EFE

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