CANNES, FRANCE – May 25: Shakira attends the screening of the film “Elvis” during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 25, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Colombian singer Shakira could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison for tax fraud, according to a report.
On Friday, Reuters reported that a Spanish prosecutor had called for a prison sentence of more than $14.7 million for tax fraud, citing a document from the prosecutor’s office.
The agency noted Shakira allegedly failed to pay taxes between 2012 and 2014.
She insists she did not live in Spain during that time.
Reuters explains the document “affirms that Shakira normally resided in Spain from 2012 to 2014 and in May 2012 purchased a house in Barcelona that became a family home for her, friends and family. her life and their son was born in Spain in 2013”.
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In addition to the eight-year prison sentence, if Shakira is found guilty, prosecutors are asking the singer to pay a fine of more than $23.5 million.
Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported that Shakira had turned down an offer of settlement.
PR firm Llorente y Cuenca said in a statement that Shakira “believes in her innocence and has decided to let this matter follow the law”.
According to the company, Shakira sent money that she allegedly owes to the Spanish Tax Authority and currently has no pending tax liabilities, as the Post reports.
The announcement comes less than two months after Shakira announced her split from her longtime partner Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué.
“We regret to confirm that we are separating,” the couple said in a statement.
They continued, “For the sake of our children, who are our top priority, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thanks for your understanding. “
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