Today in crime, a prosecutor in Spain has asked for Shakira—yes, that Shakira—to be sent to prison for eight years for alleged tax fraud, according to Reuters. The prosecution has accused Shakira of failing to pay taxes in Spain from 2012 to 2014. Shakira says she didn’t live in Spain during that time. The prosecution says that she did, and that she now owes over 14 million euros to the Spanish government. Okay, wow.
According to the prosecution document cited by Reuters, Shakira bought a home in Barcelona in 2012, which was a family home for herself, her son, and her now ex-partner. The singer’s representatives told Reuters that she “is fully confident of her innocence.” Reuters also reports that Shakira’s team rejected a settlement offer earlier this week. Earlier, Page Six reported that, according to the Colombian singer’s public relations firm, she already paid her outstanding tax debt and now owes the Spanish government nada.
That means the case will now go to a trial. If she’s found guilty, Shakira could be on the hook for an eight-year prison stay and a 23 million euro fine. As of now, a date for the trial has not been set. I know nobody is above the law and all, but eight years feels excessive. But hey, I’m not an expert in Spanish tax law or anything, so what do I know.
Meanwhile, Shakira is fresh from a split with her longtime partner and Spanish soccer star, Gerard Piqué, according to Page Six. The couple share two sons, Milan and Sasha, who are just having the worst summer break ever.