(NYDN) — One of the world’s highest-paid models is setting the bar high — for suspected tax evasion. Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli was arrested and grilled after a home raid Wednesday for allegedly lying about where she lived to avoid paying taxes on millions of dollars’ worth of income, Agence France-Presse reported Thursday. She’s further suspected of accepting free perks to the tune of “over a million shekels” — or more than $256,000 — in the form of luxury apartments registered in her mother and brother’s names, as well as a Range Rover and a Lexus, Israel’s Tax Authority said in a statement. The vehicles, which she received in exchange for allowing herself to be photographed in them, were apparently never registered in her name.
I’ll say this – it’s pretty brazen to attempt to rip off an actual nation of Jews. Someone has to pay for Mossad and big fences, and co-finance James Packer’s movies and casinos. And this sounds like the most brazen attack on Jewish finances since the Easter safety deposit box raid in Hatton Garden.
Having said that, let me say this. If the 21st century has taught us anything, it’s that hot women don’t pay for stuff. They don’t pay for housing, cars, jewellery, Lexus’s they sit in so some pervert can sniff the seat afterward, nightclub tabs, protein supplements, restaurants, gym memberships, spa treatments, makeup, sex toys, private jet travel, yacht hire, underwear, or leisure or formal clothing.
Now, ever since Bar burst onto the scene, she’s been top 5 hot on the planet. She was probably top 2 hottest wherever she lived for the past 10 years. Her entire working life has been “put on this bikini, and lie on that yacht – then keep the yacht”. Most Instagram hotties with bios like “for bookings, email email@example.com” are paid for blowing a guy with some form of housing. So if she’s never paid for anything ever, how would she possibly know how much to declare on a tax return? You can see her sitting there, racking her brain, going “How much could a Lexus cost – 9 shekels?” “When I let that guy snort coke out of my asshole, and he gave me an apartment in Miami, that can’t have been more than 50 shekels?”
I know they go on when they arrest you for not wearing pants in a cinema that “ignorance of the law is no excuse”, but surely Bar can get some sort of deal on this one. Maybe if she did a campaign where she wore a thong next to a pile of tax returns, the Israeli tax office could give her her tax free, right?
P.S. Can you BELIEVE the national currency of Israel is the shekel? Couldn’t make it up.