Shakira to face trial in Spain over alleged tax fraud case; Prosecutors seek an 8-year prison term

In Spain, Shakira is said to have avoided paying taxes.
According to reports, Shakira will stand trial in Spain for alleged tax fraud. The Columbian music diva will be tried in Spain on six counts of tax fraud, a judge ruled on September 27, according to the Associated Press via NBC News. The trial’s start date, which will take place in Esplugues de Llobregat, a town close to Barcelona, has not yet been determined.


Spanish prosecutors claimed that Shakira had not paid up to 14.5 million euros in taxes between 2012 and 2014, leading to the singer being charged with tax cheating in 2018. Shakira’s official residence is designated as the Bahamas, but according to the prosecution, she spent more than half of that time in Spain, where her ex-boyfriend Gerard Piqué plays professional soccer, and should have been paying taxes there.


The singer has refuted the allegations, and in a statement provided to Elle by her rep, it was stated that she “has always cooperated and abided by the law, exhibiting excellent conduct as an individual and a taxpayer.” These were described as “false charges” by the singer in her October cover story for the publication.

Recently, Shakira has made headlines for a variety of events, including her dramatic breakup with Gerard Piqué. The former couple, who had been married for eleven years and had two sons together, announced their separation in a joint statement that said, “We regret to confirm that we are splitting. We ask for respect for [our] privacy because it is our top responsibility to ensure the safety of our kids.

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