Shakira will officially have to stand trial in her tax fraud case. On Sept. 27, a judge approved the decision for the singer’s case to go to court.
After publicly denying that she failed to pay taxes on income earned between 2012 and 2014, Shakira will officially face charges in court in the tax fraud case against her, NBC News confirmed. A judge in Spain approved a trial against Shakira on Sept. 27. In 2018, the singer was accused of failing to pay nearly $14 million in taxes. Prosecutors are asking for an 8-year prison sentence and a fine if Shakira is found guilty in this case. A date for the trial has not been confirmed yet.
Shakira recently opened up about her decision to go to trial and fight the charges against her. “These are false accusations,” she insisted in an interview with Elle. “First of all, I didn’t spend 183 days per year at that time at all. I was busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world. Second, I’ve paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit. So as of today, I owe zero to them.”
The 45-year-old also said that prosecutors have tried to sway the public by beginning a “salacious press campaign” against her. “It is well known that the Spanish tax authorities do this often, not only with celebrities like me, or [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Neymar Alonso, and many more, it also happens unjustly to the regular taxpayer,” she accused. “It’s just their style. But I’m confident that I have enough proof to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor.”
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