Shakira ‘confident of his innocence’, Spain seeks 8 years in prison for unpaid taxes

Shakira attends the 2022 NBCUniversal Upfront at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City on May 16, 2022.

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Shakira rejected a settlement offer in Spain’s tax fraud case and could face eight years in prison if convicted.

Spanish prosecutors are reportedly seeking eight years in prison for Shakira if she is convicted in a $15 million tax fraud trial, Reuters and the Associated Press reported on Friday.

The 45-year-old superstar is accused of failing to pay taxes between 2012 and 2014, during which she claims she did not live in Spain. Meanwhile, the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer rejected an offer from the prosecutor’s office to close the case earlier this week, Reuters reported. The singer has opted to stand trial, but a date has yet to be set.

Shakira performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV halftime show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

Shakira performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV halftime show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

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Meanwhile, a representative for the Colombian musician told PEOPLE she was “confident in her innocence”.

“Shakira has always cooperated and complied with the law, demonstrated impeccable conduct as an individual and as a taxpayer, and faithfully followed the advice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm,” the statement said. said the representative.

Their statement continued: “Unfortunately, the Spanish Tax Agency has lost one of two lawsuits with the taxpayer, continuing to violate her rights and pursue another baseless case. Shakira believes that she His innocence will be proven by the end of the year. Judicial proceedings.”

In May, a Spanish court rejected her appeal in the case, ruling there was enough evidence to move forward. According to the Associated Press, the court upheld a ruling from July 2021, when Spanish judge Marco Jubillas determined there was “sufficient criminal evidence” after an investigation that lasted three years.

Shakira previously claimed she was a Bahamian resident for most of these years and filed her taxes documents obtained by both parties magazine and national newspaperThe singer’s defense said she did spend most of her time abroad and did not deliberately hide her income, saying any misunderstandings were “different standards”.

At the time, Shakira’s representatives told The Associated Press that she paid off the debt after the country’s tax agency told her she was owed.

According to the Associated Press and Reuters, “Shakira’s tax conduct has been impeccable in all the countries in which she has to pay taxes, and she trusts and faithfully follows the advice of the best experts and expert advisors,” they said, adding She added that her lawyers plan to “defend her innocence.”

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Shakira denied the charges against her when she testified in June 2019, according to the Associated Press.

She was first charged with tax evasion in January 2018. That February, she paid nearly $25 million in back taxes.

The case comes a month after Shakira announced that she and her partner Gerard Piqué – who have two sons Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7 – are separating .

“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the couple, who first confirmed their relationship in March 2011, said in a joint statement in June. “We now demand that the well-being of our children be protected as our top priority. Thank you in advance for your understanding and respect.”

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