Spanish prosecutors stated Friday they'd search a jail sentence of greater than eight years in opposition to world music celebrity Shakira, after she rejected a plea deal on accusations of tax evasion.
Prosecutors in Barcelona can even demand a superb of practically 24 million euros ($24.5 million) from the 45-year-old "Hips do not Lie" songstress, whom they accuse of defrauding the Spanish tax workplace out of 14.5 million euros on earnings earned between 2012 and 2014.
Shakira, who has bought over 60 million albums, rejected a plea deal on Wednesday, saying in a press release by way of her attorneys that she was "completely sure of her innocence" and had determined to let the case go to court docket, "assured" that her innocence could be confirmed.
A proper referral to court docket has not but been introduced, neither has a trial date been set.
Attorneys for Shakira, one of many greatest names within the world music business, say an settlement stays attainable till the beginning of any trial.
Prosecutors say Shakira moved to Spain in 2011 when her relationship with FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique grew to become public however maintained official tax residency within the Bahamas till 2015. The couple, who share two youngsters, introduced their separation in June.
On Wednesday, the star slammed the "full violation of her rights" and "abusive strategies" carried out by the prosecutor's workplace.
She claimed prosecutors had been "insisting on claiming cash earned throughout my worldwide excursions and the present 'The Voice'" on which she was a choose in the US, when she was "not but resident in Spain".
Shakira was on the singing competitors present between 2013 and 2014.
Her attorneys say that till 2014 she earned most of her cash from worldwide excursions, moved to Spain full time solely in 2015 and has met all tax obligations.
She says she has paid 17.2 million euros to Spanish tax authorities and that she has "no debt to the Treasury for a few years".
A Barcelona court docket in Could dismissed an attraction from the singer to drop the costs.
Shakira was named in one of many largest ever leaks of monetary paperwork in October 2021, often known as the "Pandora Papers", amongst public figures linked to offshore belongings.
Along with her mixture of Latin and Arabic rhythms and rock affect, three-time Grammy winner Shakira scored main world hits with songs resembling "Hips do not Lie", "Each time, Wherever" and "Waka Waka", the official track of the 2010 World Cup.