Singer Shakira seems to have landed in a soup and she is likely to get an 8-year jail term in Spain for tax fraud. The singer-performer was accused of defrauding the Spanish tax office out of 14.5 million euros ($14.7 million) on income earned between 2012 and 2014.
As per the reports, prosecutors in Spain offered her a deal but she opted to go to trial instead of accepting it to settle allegations. Shakira “trusts her innocence and chooses to leave the issue in the hands of the law," a PR statement mentioned.
However, the details are not available on the deal that the prosecutors offered. No date for the trial has been set.
The case is reportedly related to Barcellona where she lived from 2012-14 with her partner Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique. Recently, they ended their 11-year relationship.
The Spanish prosecutors alleged that Shakira moved to Spain in 2011 when her relationship with Pique became public but maintained official tax residency in the Bahamas until 2015.
Earlier this week, the star singer slammed the "complete violation of her rights" and "abusive methods" that were allegedly carried out by the prosecutor’s office. She also claimed that prosecutors were "insisting on claiming money earned during my international tours and the show 'The Voice'" on which she was a judge in the United States when she was "not yet resident in Spain".
Shakira was a part of the singing competition show between 2013 and 2014. Her lawyers also said that until 2014 she earned most of her money from international tours, moved to Spain full time only in 2015 and has met all tax obligations.
Meanwhile, her public relations firm also pointed out that she deposited the amount she is said to owe with the Spanish Tax Agency and has no pending tax debts.
Shakira was named in one of the largest ever leaks of financial documents in October 2021, known as the "Pandora Papers", among public figures linked to offshore assets.
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