The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer has been accused of tax fraud.
In a bold move, Spanish prosecutors are calling for more than eight years in prison and a $24 million fine.
Though most of us are just hearing about the legal battle this week, the case against the Colombian pop star has been ongoing for years.
In 2018, Spanish authorities accused Shakira of evading taxes in the amount of $15 million between 2014 and 2014. During the three year period, the singer alleged that she had not officially moved to Spain.
On Friday, prosecutors announced that if convicted, they would ask the court to sentence Shakira, whose legal name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, to eight years and two months in prison.
The artist rejected a settlement deal this week offered by the prosecutors, deciding to go to trial.
In a statement on Friday, Shakira’s London publicists said she “has always cooperated and abused by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer.”
A trial date has yet to be set.