Shakira risking 8 years Spanish Jail Term over Tax fraud

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Having spent more than five years looking into Shakira's financial situation, a Spanish prosecutor has asked for an eight-year prison term for her alleged failure to pay taxes from 2011 to 2014. Shakira is disputing the accusations since, according to sources, she wasn't living in Spain at the time, they say.

The prosecution is requesting a $23.5 million fine and an eight-year jail term, according to Reuters. Shakira bought a house for her family in Barcelona in May 2012, and she lived there from that year till 2014.



Shakira asserts that she settled the $17.5 million debt the Spanish government said she owed back in 2018 by paying 17.2 million euros.

According to a spokesman for the singer, she is "absolutely certain of her innocence" and feels as though her rights are being violated in this case.

Fans are cheering for her to win the lawsuit on social media in humorous comments.

The next move in the tax problem occurred a month after Shakira and her husband, FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, announced their separation. Shakira, 45, and Pique, 35, have two children and have been married since 2011. They met just before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when he appeared in Shakira's music video for the tournament's official song, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)." via shethepeople.

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