Shakira is scheduled to appear in court for the tax evasion case involving her 13.9 million dollar debt.
According to reports from the Associated Press, on Tuesday, Spanish authorities gave the green light for prosecutors to take more legal action against the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer, who is 45 years old.
According to the publication, a date for the trial has not yet been scheduled, but the celebrity may face an eight-year prison term in addition to a significant punishment if she is proven guilty of not paying taxes between the years 2012 and 2014.
According to Reuters, in July, she turned down a settlement offer in the lawsuit, which would have resulted in the case being resolved without going to court.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Shakira has denied any wrongdoing, and her public relations firm insists that she has paid what she owed plus $3 million in interest. Shakira has also been accused of sexually assaulting a man in the past.
The location of Shakira’s residence throughout the relevant time period of two years is essential to the investigation. The artist claims that she spent the bulk of her time in her primary residence, which is in the Bahamas; nevertheless, the prosecutors will attempt to prove that she spent the majority of her time in Spain throughout the relevant time period.
The defense for the singer claimed in documents that were obtained by both El Periodico and El Pais that she had spent the majority of her time outside of Spain and that she had not made any conscious effort to conceal her income. Instead, they attributed any misunderstandings to “a difference in criteria.” Also Read: Emma And Sasha Divorce
In May, a judge in Spain ruled that there was sufficient evidence to proceed with the case, which resulted in the dismissal of her appeal in the matter. According to the Associated Press, the court affirmed a decision that had been made back in July 2021 by Spanish Judge Marco Juberas, who had concluded that there was “sufficient proof of wrongdoing” after an inquiry that had taken place over the course of three years.
In July, a spokesperson for the Colombian musician informed the publication PEOPLE that the individual is “assured in her innocence.”
‘Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer, and faithfully following the counsel of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm,’ the representative says. ‘Shakira has never been in violation of the law,’ the representative adds.
The rest of their statement is as follows, “Unfortuitously, the Spanish Tax Office, which loses one out of every two disputes with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and pursue yet another groundless action in spite of this fact. Shakira is convinced that her innocence will be established once all of the legal proceedings have been completed.”
In January of 2018, Shakira was accused for the first time of evading taxes. In February of that year, she made a payment of roughly $25 million in back taxes. Must Read: How Old Is Barron Trump
The news follows Shakira’s statement in June that she and her longtime partner, professional soccer player Gerard Piqué — with whom she shares two sons, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7 — are taking some time apart. The news comes on the heels of Shakira’s announcement in June.
The couple, who made the announcement about their relationship for the first time in March 2011, released a joint statement in which they said, “We regret to confirm that we are splitting.” “We ask that you respect our need for privacy at this time for the sake of the safety of our children, who are our first priority. Please accept my thanks in advance for your consideration and deference.”