A Spanish prosecutor on Friday said is seeking a prison term of eight years and a fine of more than 23 million euros ($23.5 million) for Colombian superstar Shakira, 45-year-old, three-time Grammy winner, dubbed the Queen of Latin Pop. She is accused of a 14.5 million-euro tax fraud case, failing to pay taxes between 2012 and 2014. Shakira says she did not live in Spain but documents considered by prosecutors asserts that Shakira was ordinarily resident in Spain between 2012 and 2014 even though her official residence was in the Bahamas and even bought a house in Barcelona, in 2012. Shakira said she “is fully confident of her innocence” and that she considers the case “a total violation of her rights”.
The superstar singer has rejected a settlement offered by the prosecution in her tax fraud case. She has sold more than 80 million records worldwide and her team says she has always met all of her tax obligations. Lawyers for Shakira, one of the biggest names in the global music industry, say an agreement remains possible until the start of any trial. Her lawyers say that until 2014 she earned most of her money from international tours and moved to Spain full time only in 2015. She has paid 17.2 million euros to Spanish tax authorities.