Despite its timeless assertion regarding the honesty of her hips, Spanish prosecutors are moving forward with charges that Shakira was dishonest about her taxes. After refusing a settlement agreement in a case alleging the Colombian singer evaded approximately 14.5 million euros (about $14.8 million in US dollars) in government taxes, Shakira will head to court, where prosecutors are seeking a sentence of eight years and two months in prison, as well as a fine of 24 million euros, according to the Associated press. The official indictment details six separate charges against the Grammy winner.
Although Shakira was first charged in 2018, the entertainer only opted out of the plea deal this week (she previously had asserted his innocence during his testimony for a rejected appeal in June 2019.) The artist’s public relations company, Llorente y Cuenca, said in a statement Wednesday that Shakira chose to take the case to court because she sees it as “a complete violation of her rights” and “trusts her innocence and chooses to leave the matter in the hands of the law.” “The singer is fully convinced of her innocence and therefore does not agree to a settlement,” the statement continued.
Much of the case hinges on where Shakira, 45, lived between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors say Shakira lived primarily in Spain during those years, although her primary residence was listed as the Bahamas – in 2021, Spanish judge Marco Juberías wrote that his three-year investigation into Shakira’s tax history reflects “sufficient evidence of criminalitywarranting a lawsuit.
Conversely, the artist’s publicists insist that Shakira paid the money she should have owed to the Spanish tax authorities in addition to 3 million euros in interest, and has no outstanding debt. “Shakira’s conduct in tax matters has always been impeccable in all countries where she has had to pay taxes, and she has trusted and faithfully followed the recommendations of the best specialists and expert advisers,” they shared in a statement. in May.
A trial date has yet to be set for the case, but the strength of Shakira’s publicists’ statement suggests she is ready anytime, anywhere to defend her name.