Shakira’s hips don’t lie and neither does she, according to her side of the story. However, the Spanish government is insistent that Shakira owes them money – enough to land her up to 8 years in prison.
An initial report by Reuters expressed that the tax evasion charge attempting to tarnish Shakira’s name is for a whopping 14.5 million euros (R244 843 810).
Whenever? Wherever? According to Spanish prosecutors, this amount was from the years 2012 to 2014. The tax evasion jab was made in 2018. However, Shakira has claimed she didn’t live in Spain at the time, despite owning a home there. The Associated Press relays that there was reportedly not enough evidence to prove that she lived elsewhere, such as the Bahamas where Shakira says she had spent the majority of those years.
The settlement offer proposed was rejected by the star, meaning that the matter will head to trial instead.
Shakira’s representatives have said that she is “fully confident of her innocence” and sees the case as a “violation of her rights” as per the BBC.
The statement added that “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.”
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