A Spanish court is forcing Shakira to stand trial due to a tax fraud allegation that could land her over eight years in prison and a $24,000,000 fine. Shakira is accused of defrauding the Spanish government out of 14.5 million euros between the years 2012 and 2014. Shakira is arguing that she’d spent less than half of the years in question in Spain.
After rejecting a plea deal earlier in the year, the pop-star, top-selling artist, and former Super Bowl halftime performer may spend time in prison and a multi-million dollar fine.
Representatives for Shakira expressed confidence in her case in a statement to Fox News Digital in late July.
“Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer and faithfully following the counsel of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm,” the representative said.
“Unfortunately, the Spanish Tax Office, which loses one out of every two lawsuits with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and pursue yet another baseless case. Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process,” the statement continued.
Shakira rejected a plea deal earlier this year, which leaves her open to being convinced of defrauding the Spanish government. If convicted, she would serve a potential sentence of 8 years and 2 months in prison, and a $24,000,000 fine.
Shakira and her lawyer appear to be confident about the case, and feel that the Spanish Tax Office has a baseless case. Nonetheless, she will still be called to court as a result of the charges, and losing the case could be a disaster for Shakira.