Pop Star Shakira is Once Again Facing Accusations of Tax Evasion in Spain
Colombian megastar Shakira will be involved in a new case in a Spanish court over alleged property and income tax fraud in 2018.
This was reported by Reuters.
The Spanish court refrained from providing further details despite numerous requests.
Additionally, the 46-year-old singer is set to appear in court in Spain at the end of the year for accusations of not paying 14.5 million euros in income taxes from 2012 to 2014.
Meanwhile, Shakira's legal representatives stated that they have not received any official notifications regarding the filed cases and learned about the news from the press.
"The singer's legal team will not comment until the notifications are officially and legally delivered to her," emphasized the lawyers in their statement.
It was mentioned in the statement that Shakira currently resides in Miami and should receive official notification at her current address.
Previously, when the initial accusations of not paying 14.5 million euros in taxes surfaced, Shakira stated that she did not reside in Spain from 2012 to 2014.
However, according to documents from the prosecution obtained by Reuters, Shakira was consistently present in Spain during that period and bought a house in Barcelona in May 2012, which became a family property for her and her partner, Gerard Piqué.
The prosecutor demands a penalty of up to eight years in prison and a fine of 23 million euros for the singer.
Shakira insists that she has always acted within the law and followed the advice of "the best tax experts." She has already paid 17.2 million euros in taxes owed to the Spanish Tax Agency.
The tax scandal emerged amid last year's troubles in Shakira's personal life when her husband, footballer Gerard Piqué, left her after 11 years of marriage for 23-year-old Clara Chía Martí.
Shakira's song "Out of Your League," in which she criticized her "former" partner, gained immense popularity. Within the first 24 hours after its release, the music video received 63 million views, becoming the most popular Latin song with such figures in history.