Shakira could face 8 years in prison, $23 million fine in Spanish tax evasion case

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A Spanish prosecutor will reportedly demand a maximum of 8 years in prison and a $23 million fine against superstar singer Shakira for tax evasion, according to documents seen by Reuters.

The three-time Grammy winner is accused of failing to pay nearly $15 million in taxes from 2012-2014. The superstar says she has already paid about $17.5 million to the Spanish tax authorities to meet her obligation. But last July, a judge ruled there was enough “evidence of crime” for the singer, who is the star and EP of NBC’s Dancing with myself reality contest, to try.

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Although Shakira is Colombian, the prosecutor’s office claims she “usually lived in Spain between 2012 and 2014 and bought a house in Barcelona in May 2012.” That house, officials say, was not only for the singer, but also for husband Gerard Pique, who plays for FC Barcelona, ​​and their son, who was born in Spain in 2013. The duo announced their split last month.

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A statement from the superstar’s representatives to the TBEN said she has “complete faith in her innocence” and considers the case a “violation of her rights”. She is said to have recently rejected a settlement proposal from the prosecutors.

No date has yet been set for a trial.