According to a document released by the prosecutor’s office on Friday, the Spanish prosecution is seeking a sentence of eight years in jail for Colombian diva Shakira in connection with a tax fraud case involving 14.5 million euros.
This week, the prosecutor’s office made a settlement offer to the singer, who has sold over 80 million albums worldwide with classics including “Hips Don’t Lie,” but the artist turned down the deal, which would have brought the case to a close.
Shakira maintains that she did not reside in Spain between 2012–2014, the period in question, and yet she is being accused of neglecting to pay her taxes during that time.
The document from the prosecutor’s office, which Reuters saw, claims that Shakira was an ordinary resident of Spain between the years 2012 and 2014. The paper also states that in May 2012, Shakira bought a house in Barcelona, which later became the family home for her, her partner, and their son, who was born in Spain in 2013.
Should she be found guilty, the document requested that she serve a jail sentence of eight years and pay a fine of more than 23 million euros ($23.5 million). There is currently no specific time for the trial to begin.
When Shakira’s agents were asked for a reply, they referred to a prior statement that the singer had issued on Wednesday, in which she said that she “is certain of her innocence” and that she believes the case to be “a total breach of her rights.”
It has not been made public what the conditions of the original settlement offer were.
The singer, who is 45 years old and is known as the Queen of Latin Pop, claims that she paid the 17.2 million euros in back taxes that the Spanish tax office claimed she owed initially, and she asserts that she does not owe any back taxes to the relevant authorities at this time.