Shakira vows to fight ‘false’ Spanish tax charges as prosecutors order a trial

Shakira faces charges of tax fraud.

The 45-year-old singer faces a possible trial after he was accused of failing to pay €14.5million in taxes in Spain in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

In 2021, she was accused of using shell companies to disguise control of assets between 2012 and 2014 and only giving her name in countries considered tax havens.

Shakira has called all the allegations against her “false”, adding that she has paid everything she owed the government.

If convicted, the Hips Don’t Lie singer faces eight years in prison.

“I have to fight for what I believe in because these are false allegations,” the singer, 45, told Elle magazine in an interview published online in the US on Wednesday and due to appear in the October print issue. “I owe them nothing.”

The prosecutor’s document alleges that Shakira spent more than half of each year in Spain between 2012 and 2014 and bought a family home in Barcelona in May 2012. In July last year, a Spanish judge said he had seen “sufficient evidence” for Shakira to stand trial. A second judge dismissed her appeal against the decision in May.

Shakira, who in July turned down a deal with prosecutors to settle the case, said authorities only followed her “with their eyes on the price” when they found out she was dating Spanish footballer Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona .

“While Gerard and I were together I was on a world tour. I’ve spent more than 240 days outside of Spain, so there was no way I could qualify as a resident,” she said.

“The Spanish tax authorities saw that I was dating a Spanish citizen and started drooling. It’s clear they definitely wanted to be after that money,” the singer claimed.

Shakira added that she had already paid what she owed to the Spanish tax authorities before filing a lawsuit.

She said she was confident she had behaved correctly and transparently from the start, and suggested the Spanish authorities “recourse to a salacious press campaign” to tarnish her reputation.

The combination of her recent split from Pique, a custody battle over their two children, her father’s illness and “fighting on different fronts” meant she was facing “probably the darkest hour of my life,” the singer said.

A spokesman for the Spanish public prosecutor’s office could not immediately be reached for comment. Shakira vows to fight ‘false’ Spanish tax charges as prosecutors order a trial

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