Spanish prosecutors have hit Shakira with tax evasion charges for a second time in Spain. The charges against Shakira include failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in taxes on her 2018 income, Authorities allege that Shakira used an offshore company in order to avoid paying the taxes.
Shakira also faces previous charges of tax evasion. Spanish prosecutors claimed Shakira lived in Barcelona for more than half of the time between 2012 and 2014 and racked up a tax bill of $15.4 million. Meanwhile, Shakira has maintained that her official residence was in the Bahamas – meaning she did not owe the Spanish government those taxes. After Shakira chose not to accept a plea deal, prosecutors moved the case forward to trial.
The international pop star will head to court in November. Prosecutors have requested Shakira be sentenced to eight years and two months in addition to a roughly $25 million fine. Shakira representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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