BARCELONA – A Spanish judge on Tuesday approved a trial against Colombian pop singer Shakira on charges of tax evasion.
Spanish prosecutors accused the entertainer in 2018 of failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($13.9 million) in taxes on income earned between 2012 and 2014. The prosecutors are looking for one eight years imprisonment and a hefty fine if found guilty of tax evasion.
Shakira, 45, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and turned down a deal with authorities to avoid a trial. Her PR firm said she has already paid off all debts and another 3 million euros ($2.8 million) in interest.
The court in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat, near Barcelona, said Shakira faces six counts of tax fraud. The date for the trial has not yet been set.
The case depends on where Shakira lived between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors in Barcelona have claimed the Grammy winner spent more than half that time in Spain and would have had to pay taxes in the country, despite her official residence in the Bahamas.
Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked to Spain since her relationship with soccer player Gerard Pique. The couple, who have two children, last lived together in Barcelona ended their 11-year relationship.
Spain has cracked down on soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the last ten years because they have not paid their taxes in full. They were found guilty of tax evasion, but both avoided jail time thanks to a provision that allows a judge to waive sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders.
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