Fashion designer Gabbana lashes out at Milan city official

Gabbana angry over comments in newspaper over tax evasion

Fashion designer Gabbana lashes out at Milan city official

Milan, July 18 - Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana fashion house lashed out Thursday at a Milan city official who commented on his conviction for tax evasion. ''You suck,'' tweeted Gabbana in a message directed at Franco D'Alfonso over a newspaper article quoting the city councillor commenting on the fashion team and charges of tax evasion. Il Giornale quoted D'Alfonso as suggesting that although fashion is important to local business, ''we do not need tax evaders to represent us''. Last month, Gabbana and his partner Domenico Dolce were sentenced to one year and 8 months in jail after being convicted of involvement in tax evasion on almost one billion euros of earnings. The two founders of the iconic fashion house, who are expected to appeal, were also ordered to pay compensation to Italy's tax authorities. Milan prosecutors had said that the creators of the world-famous Dolce & Gabbana brand, with six others, evaded taxes for several years after setting up the front company Gado in Luxembourg. The duo have received fan support in their fight although one person tweeted in response to Gabbana: ''You suck - you earn millions and do not pay taxes''.

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