Shakira will face court for allegedly failing to pay $13.9 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014, a Spanish judge ruled Tuesday, and prosecutors intend to hand down an eight-year sentence.
The 45-year-old, who denies any wrongdoing, also faces a hefty fine if prosecutors win a conviction of the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer.
She has already turned down a plea agreement that would have spared her a trial after insisting she only lived in Spain part of the year during those two years, the sources said New York Post. She bought a family home in Barcelona in May 2012.
Shakira’s PR firm claims she paid off all tax debts with interest, singer rejects plea deal
Meanwhile, Shakira’s PR firm claims she’s already paid off all her tax debts, along with an additional 3 million euros or $2.8 million in interest.
She is currently facing six cases of tax fraud, according to the court in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat, near Barcelona.
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 25: Shakira attends the screening of ‘Elvis’ during the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 25, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
No hearing date has yet been set.
The case depends on where Shakira lived between 2012 and 2014, with prosecutors in Barcelona claiming she spent more than half of that time in Spain and was on the hook to pay taxes in the country.
The allegations come despite the fact that her official place of residence is in the Bahamas.
A representative for the singer reportedly stated that she was “completely convinced of her innocence” and that she believed the case was “a complete violation of her rights.”
The Grammy winner has been linked to Spain since she first started dating her ex-boyfriend
The Grammy winner has been linked to the European country after dating soccer player Gerard Piqué in 2010.
The couple, who have two children together, split this year after being together in a rather messy breakup for over a decade.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Shakira and Gerard Piqué pose backstage in the hit Broadway play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Part One & Two at the Lyric Theater on September 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
Piqué, who plays for La Liga club Barcelona, is currently dating a 23-year-old PR student, Clara Chia Marti.
Shakira has accused her ex of cheating on her before the split TMZ The two reportedly sat apart during their son’s basketball game on Saturday.
Fans on social media come to Shakira’s defense amid tax fraud case, public breakup
Meanwhile, fans on social media have come to the singer’s defense, cheering her on to beat the case in hilarious reactions.
“The Spanish colonizers trying to steal my Colombian queen’s money will never succeed. Shakira should win this tax case,” tweeted one supporter.
Several others joked about getting her out of jail.
Earlier this summer The shadow room previously reported on Shakira’s tax issues.