Spanish judge rules 43-year-old man is son of Julio Iglesias

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to determine that a 43-year-old Spanish man is the biological son of Julio Iglesias, despite the singer's refusal to submit to genetic testing.

The judge said Wednesday that the famous crooner's refusal to have a DNA test, along with other evidence, is enough to rule in favor of the paternity suit brought by Javier Sánchez. The judge's ruling says "there existed contacts and a relationship between the mother of (Sánchez and Iglesias) near the date of conception."

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Javier Sanchez Santos, who claims to be the son of Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias, arrives with his mother Maria Edite Santos (L) to appear to the court of Valencia before a hearing to examine his paternity claim on July 04, 2019 (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Javier Sanchez Santos (C), who claims to be the son of Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias, arrives with his mother Maria Edite Santos (L)to appear to the court of Valencia before a hearing to examine his paternity claim on July 04, 2019 (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Javier Sanchez Santos, who claims to be the son of Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias, arrives with his mother Maria Edite Santos (L) and his Italian partner Chiara Allegrini (R) to appear to the court of Valencia before a hearing to examine his paternity claim on July 04, 2019 (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - MAY 30: Javier Sanchez Santos, who claims to be the son of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, attends the court of Valencia before a hearing to examine his paternity claim on May 30, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press Entertainment/Europa Press via Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - MAY 30: Javier Sanchez Santos, who claims to be the son of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, attends the court of Valencia before a hearing to examine his paternity claim on May 30, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press Entertainment/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Javier Sanchez Santos, who claims to be the son of Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias, arrives with his Italian partner Chiara Allegrini (R) to the court of Valencia before a hearing to examine his paternity claim on May 30, 2019. (Photo by Jose Jordan / STR / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Javier Sanchez Santos, who claims to be the son of Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias, arrives with his Italian partner Chiara Allegrini (R) to the court of Valencia before a hearing to examine his paternity claim on May 30, 2019. (Photo by Jose Jordan / STR / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sánchez says that his mother, María Edite, gave birth to him in 1975 exactly nine months after meeting Iglesias at a party.

Iglesias' lawyers say they will appeal the decision.

Any possible financial compensation for Sánchez would be determined at a separate trial.

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