Shakira has ruled the music industry since the early 2000s. Because of her musical versatility, she has a huge following in Spanish-speaking nations as well. The Colombian singer is now facing some charges related to tax fraud.
Shakira is accused of defrauding Spain’s government of 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes on income earned between 2012 and 2014. Spanish prosecutors offered a plea deal to the singer to settle the allegations, but she rejected it and is now proceeding with trials.
According to Reuters, Shakira considers the case to be “a total violation of her rights.” The firm representing the Latin pop Queen said in a statement that the singer trusts her innocence and wants the law to handle the case.
The singer is fully confident of her innocence and therefore does not accept a settlement
Shakira’s legal team argues that the singer did not live in Spain between 2012 and 2014. Shakira’s official residence at the time was in the Bahamas, but prosecutors claim she was mostly in Spain. If she is found guilty of tax evasion, she might face a fine and prison time.
Shakira officially relocated to Barcelona, Spain, in 2015, where she settled with FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. They recently split after 11 years together and are fighting over custody issues of their two boys.
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