A €14.5 million tax scam may result in eight years in prison for Shakira, the ex-girlfriend of Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
Shakira, a Colombian musician, is being prosecuted in Spain for allegedly neglecting to pay taxes between the years of 2012 and 2014—a time frame during which Shakira claims she did not reside in Spain—and the prosecution is asking for a prison sentence.
Shakira frequented Spain from 2012 to 2014, according to a prosecutor’s paperwork acquired by Reuters. She bought a home in Barcelona in May 2012, where she and her partner Pique raised their child, who was born there in 2013.
Shakira, a singer, turned down a plea agreement and now faces an 8-year prison sentence for tax evasion.
Following her rejection of a plea agreement, singer Shakira now faces an 8-year prison sentence for tax evasion. NURPhoto and Shutterstock, John Nacion
Following the dissolution of his 11-year relationship with Shakira in June, Pique had moved into a separate apartment away from the 45-year-old and their two children, Milan and Sasha, four months prior.
Shakira upholds her innocence.
Shakira, who is also frequently referred to as the Queen of Latin Pop, claims she has paid the 17.2 million euros in back taxes that the Spanish tax authority claimed she owed.
Shakira and her partner Pique resided often in Spain between 2012 and 2014 in a home in Barcelona that she bought in May 2012.
Shakira and her partner Pique resided often in Spain between 2012 and 2014 in a home in Barcelona that she bought in May 2012. Senegal’s pulse
When prompted to respond, Shakira’s reps cited a prior statement she had made on Wednesday, in which she stated that she “is totally certain of her innocence.
The musician from Colombia described the situation as “a complete breach of her rights,” they claimed.
What happens if Shakira is found guilty?
The prosecutor has requested an eight-year prison sentence and a fine of more than €23 million should she be found guilty. There is no set date for the trial.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup’s official song, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), was performed by Shakira with the South African band Freshlyground.
The prosecutor’s office made a settlement offer to conclude the case earlier this week, but the singer rejected it. The settlement offer’s conditions have not been made public.
With hits including “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Beautiful Liar,” and “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” which served as the official anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was hosted in South Africa, Shakira has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.