A Spanish prosecutor is set to seek up to 8 years in prison and a $23 million fine against superstar singer Shakira for alleged tax evasion, according to documents seen by Reuters.
The three-time Grammy winner is accused of not paying taxes of nearly $15 million between 2012-2014. The superstar says she has already paid about $17.5 million to the Spanish tax office to settle her liability. Yet in July of last year, a judge ruled that there was enough “evidence of guilt” for the singer, who is the star of NBC and the EP. dancing with Myself Reality competition, to be tried.
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While Shakira is Colombian, the prosecutor’s office alleged that she “was ordinarily resident in Spain between 2012 and 2014 and purchased a house in Barcelona in May 2012.” That home, officials argue, was not only for the singer, but also for husband Gerard Pique, who plays for FC Barcelona, and their son, who was born in Spain in 2013. The two announced that they were separating last month.
A statement given to the BBC by representatives of the superstar said she is “absolutely convinced of her innocence” and sees the matter as a “violation of her rights”. He reportedly recently declined a settlement offer from prosecutors.
No date has been set for the test yet.
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