Superstar Shakira has decided to dance her way out of the courtroom drama in Spain! The fiery singer has reached a deal with the government to settle her tax fraud case, and it’s costing her a pretty penny.
In a surprising twist, Shakira opted for a plea deal after facing allegations of withholding a staggering $15.8 million in taxes for the years 2012 to 2014. The verdict: a suspended three-year sentence and a whopping $7.6 million fine.
Although she strutted her stuff into the courtroom in Barcelona with style on Monday, the courtroom showdown took an unexpected turn when the parties involved suddenly announced a settlement.
But hold onto your hips, because here’s the kicker – that $7.6 million fine is actually a win for the music sensation! Prosecutors were gunning for more than double that amount. And let’s not forget, Shakira’s net worth is soaring well past the $200 million mark.
Shakira, ever the positive spirit, seemed upbeat as she greeted her fans outside the courthouse, even blowing kisses their way.
So, why did she choose to settle? In a statement, she revealed it was to “spare my children seeing their mother sacrifice her well-being.” She continued, “I admire tremendously those who have fought these injustices to the end, but for me, today, winning is getting my time back for my kids and my career.”
But don’t think for a second that Shakira is going quietly into the night. She’s still taking aim at the Spanish government’s habit of targeting high-profile individuals, including athletes.
When the judge asked if she accepted the charges against her, Shakira simply responded, “I do.” And with that, the judge declared the fine as the case-closer – meaning no prison time for the music icon.
Case closed, hips still shaking, and Shakira is ready to move on with her life!
What are your thoughts on Shakira’s tax fraud case settlement and the reasons she provided for choosing to settle? Do you believe her decision to avoid prison time and pay the $7.6 million fine was the right move? Leave us a comment.