Scoop: Supermodel Bar Refaeli detained for tax evasion

It remains to be seen whether good looks will get supermodel Bar Refaeli out of this fix: She and her mom – Tzipi Levine, a former model — were detained and released on Thursday on suspicion of tax evasion in Israel.

The 30-year-old beauty, who resides in Israel with her husband, Israeli billionaire Adi Ezra, allegedly failed to report millions of dollars worth of income, as well as tens of thousands of dollars in “celebrity benefits,” according to the BBC.

Us Weekly says Refaeli was reportedly questioned for 12 hours on Wednesday, leading to her detainment Thursday. (Both she and her mother were released on $193,000 bail that same day, the BBC said.)

Among the model’s alleged unreported expenditures: free cars she received in exchange for giving brands publicity and a luxury apartment in Tel Aviv, where she lives.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s former flame is also being accused of trying to hide the fact that she is a resident of Israel, since nonresidents are not required to declare earnings abroad.

“There is no drama. In the end, this is just a civil dispute,” Refaeli’s lawyer Giora Aderet told the NRG news website. “No one cheated anyone else. It will all clear up soon.”

CHO JOINS ‘FASHION POLICE’

Great call, “Fashion Police” honchos, in picking Margaret Cho to join the gang.

E! announced Thursday that Cho would be a special co-host for 2016, on the panel with Giuliana Rancic, Melissa Rivers and Brad Goreski.

Cho, a previous guest on the TV show, is a natural choice to join the fashion experts and comics bringing their barbs to red carpet fashion commentary.

The late Joan Rivers led the one-liners since the show’s inception in 2010, and last year Kathy Griffin took over, but resigned soon after, saying it didn’t fit her style of humor.

Longtime panelist Kelly Osbourne also left, due to differences with co-host Rancic after controversial comments Rancic made about singer Zendaya.

Cho’s first appearance as co-host will be for Golden Globes red-carpet coverage on Jan. 11.

QUICK TAKES

Petplan pet insurance reveals the top 10 most popular pet names inspired by “Star Wars”: 1) Chewbacca, 2) Yoda, 3) Wicket, 4) Lando, 5) Obi-Wan Kenobi, 6) Boba Fett, 7) Luke Skywalker, 8) Princess Leia, 9) Anakin, 10) Jabba the Hutt … Miss Universe contestant Ariadna Gutierrez (Miss Colombia) stunned onlookers on a Las Vegas catwalk because she looks so much like “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Christina Aguilera is 35. … Actress Katie Holmes is 37. … Singer Sia is 40. … Rapper DMX is 45. … Actress Rachel Griffiths is 47. … Actor Brad Pitt is 52. … Singer Angie Stone is 54. … Actor Ray Liotta is 60. … Director Steven Spielberg is 69. … Guitarist Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is 72.

— Wire report

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