Shakira has maintained her innocence as she denied mounting tax evasion allegations against her.
The 45-year-old hitmaker of “Hips Don’t Lie” says the Spanish government faces up to eight years in prison if convicted of hardening the country with millions of dollars in tax dollars. He said he had endured the “darkest time” of his life because of the intimidation.
Colombian pop star suffers legal battle Suspected of not paying $14.7 million in taxes She claims she did not live in Spain when she lived there between 2012 and 2014.
Prosecutors said Shakira had lived in the country at the time and bought a house in Barcelona in May 2012. With ex-partner Gerard Pique A son born in Spain in 2013.
At the time, Shakira’s official residence was in the Bahamas, but prosecutors claim she spent most of her time in Spain.
“I paid everything they claimed I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit,” she said. Elle magazine.
“As of today, I owe them nothing. And finally, I was advised by PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the Big 4 tax professional firms in the world, so I was right and transparent from day one. I was confident that I was moving things forward.”
The singer added, “But even without evidence to support these fictitious claims, they resorted, as always, to a dastardly press campaign to unnerve people, along with the threat of reputational damage in the media.” We put pressure on the media. Orders to force a settlement agreement.”
The “She Wolf” crooner denounced the allegations as “false accusations” and told the outlet that he plans to fight the lawsuit as a “issue of principle.”
If convicted, Shakira (real name Shakira Mebarak) could be fined $23.5 million In addition to jail time.
“Spanish tax authorities do this all too often,” she said, both against celebrities and “unfairly against regular taxpayers.”
The “Anytime, Anywhere” singer, who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, has repeatedly claimed her innocence, having previously paid a $17.5 million debt to the Spanish tax office, and has other accounts. He said he owed nothing.
She is adamant that there is enough evidence to back up my claims and that justice works in my favor.