Colombian pop singer Shakira has opted to go to trial as an alternative of accepting a deal provided by Spanish prosecutors to settle allegations she defrauded Spain’s authorities of 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes, her public relations staff mentioned Wednesday.
Shakira, 45, “trusts her innocence and chooses to go away the difficulty within the palms of the regulation,” the PR agency Llorente y Cuenca mentioned in an announcement.
Spanish prosecutors charged the singer in 2018 with failing to pay 14.5 million euros in taxes on earnings earned between 2012 and 2014. She faces a potential high quality and jail sentence, if discovered responsible of tax evasion.
There have been no rapid particulars obtainable on the deal prosecutors provided. No date for the trial has been set.
Shakira’s public relations agency mentioned she has deposited the quantity she is claimed to owe with the Spanish Tax Company and has no pending tax money owed.
The case hinges on the place she lived throughout 2012-14. Prosecutors allege it was largely in Spain though Shakira’s official residence was within the Bahamas.
Shakira, whose full identify is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has two kids with Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique. The couple used to reside collectively in Barcelona however just lately ended their 11-year relationship.