Spanish prosecutors said on Friday (local time) they would ask a court to sentence Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in prison if she is convicted in her pending trial for alleged tax fraud.
Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is accused of failing to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros ($23.9 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors said they would also ask for a fine of US$23.9 million. $24 million. .
The indictment details six charges against Shakira. The singer this week rejected a settlement offered by prosecutors, opting instead to go to trial. The trial date has not yet been set.
Her publicists in London said in a statement on Friday that Shakira “has always cooperated and complied with the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a contributor.” Advertisers accused the Spanish Tax Agency of violating her rights.
Shakira’s Spanish PR team said earlier this week that the artist had deposited the amount she owes, including NZ$4.8 million in interest.
Barcelona promoters claimed the Grammy winner spent more than half of each year between 2012 and 2014 in Spain and should have paid taxes in the country.
Shakira recently ended an 11-year relationship with FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué, with whom she has two children. The family lived in Barcelona.
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