She became world famous with hits like “Waka Waka” and “Hips Don’t Lie”. But now Shakira (45) has to answer in court. The pop superstar is thus challenging the Spanish tax authorities. In a criminal case, the singer and composer rejected an out-of-court settlement with the tax authorities in her adopted country of Spain. The Colombian announced this in a statement to Spanish media on Wednesday.
The musician is accused of having evaded a total of 14.5 million euros from 2012 to 2014. If convicted, Shakira faces a long prison sentence.
Shakira himself denies any allegations and calls himself innocent. The allegations are a “total violation” of their rights. She is the victim of a “bitter persecution” as other citizens have experienced. “The prosecution is determined to recover the money I made from my international tours and from (the TV show) ‘The Voice’ before I lived in Spain,” she writes. The competent authorities “recourse to unfair means to exert pressure, as they do daily and unfairly to thousands of taxpayers for profit”.
At the request of the competent public prosecutor’s office, a judge ordered a criminal trial last year. But Shakira’s lawyers failed in court with a motion to overturn the judge’s verdict. Nevertheless, the singer was confident that the judiciary would ultimately prove her right.
Now the question has to be clarified where the Colombian was liable for tax during the period in question. The judiciary says: in Spain, because she stayed there for more than half a year in each of the three years. The singer denies that.
In any case, Shakira claims that she was residing in the Bahamas at the time. She only repeatedly visited her partner, football star Gerard Piqué from FC Barcelona, with whom she has two children and from whom she recently separated. Only from 2015 did she live permanently in Barcelona. In addition, she has since paid all taxes.