Music superstar Shakira has been put on trial for tax evasion in Spain. The star was a coach atThe voice‘ twice, in seasons four and six.
According to AP, a judge approved a trial motion for Shakira on tax fraud charges. According to the outlet, she was accused of failing to pay €14.5 million, which is about $13.9 million in earnings from 2012-2014.
The star faces eight years in prison and a fine if found guilty of the charges.
The star denies any wrongdoing
Since the allegations became public, Shakira has denied any wrongdoing. She also turned down a deal that would have avoided trial, AP reports. The outlet reports that Shakira’s PR firm says she has already “paid off all debts and an additional €3 million ($2.8 million) in interest.”
No date has been set for the trial, but Shakira faces six counts of tax fraud.
According to the outlet, the case is based on whether or not Shakira lived in the Bahamas or Spain. Prosecutors allege that Shakira spent more than half of the years 2012-2014 in Spain and therefore should have paid taxes in that country, although Shakira claims to have lived in the Bahamas during those years.
AP reports that Spain has also hounded stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after failing to pay taxes. Both were found guilty of tax evasion but did not serve prison sentences as they were first-time offenders.
Shakira was spotted supporting her son with her ex-boyfriend
The hit star is not only in the public spotlight because of allegations of tax evasion. She is also publicly going through a breakup with her ex-footballer Gerard Pique. They were together 11 years.
The two share two children, Sasha, 7, and Milan, 9.
Following their split, Pique was spotted snogging with 23-year-old public relations student Clara Chia Marti. according to Hollywood Life. Shakira wasn’t happy with the photos, the outlet reported.
“Shakira can’t believe Gerard would do something like this so soon after their split,” a source told the outlet after the photos were released.
The source added, “Shakira feels like she’s done everything in her power to maintain a friendly relationship as a parent with Gerard, including forgoing child support or anything like that. Although Gerard still lives in Barcelona, she has even agreed to pay for him to regularly visit his children in Miami.”
The source added that Shakira felt the PDA and photos weren’t necessary.
“So it feels so unnecessary for him to release something like this. Of course, nobody wants to see their ex hooking up with someone else, but she moved on long before they ended things,” the source told Hollywood Life. “Her children are her number one priority and although they made a pact not to go public for a year after their split, she can’t control what he does and she knows it had to happen at some point.”
The ex-boyfriends were recently spotted in photos at their 9-year-old son’s baseball game in Barcelona obtained from TMZ. They didn’t sit together.
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