Shakira vows to fight ‘false’ Spanish tax accusations in first public comments

Entertainment Sep, 22 2022
Shakira vows to fight ‘false’ Spanish tax accusations in first public comments
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Colombian superstar Shakira vowed to fight what she claimed were “false” accusations by Spanish authorities that she dodged 14.5 million euros ($14.31 million) in taxes, in her first public comments on a case that could see her sent to prison for up to eight years.

Shakira (45) is facing trial in Spain accused of failing to pay taxes between 2012 and 2014, a period in which she said she was leading a “nomadic life” because of her work.  “I have to fight for what I believe because these are false accusations,” ‘Hips don’t lie’ singer told Elle magazine in an interview published online in United States and due to run in its October print edition.

“I owe zero to them.” Prosecutor’s document, seen by Reuters, asserts that Shakira spent more than half of each year in Spain between 2012 and 2014 and in May 2012 bought a family home in Barcelona. In July last year, a Spanish judge said he had seen “sufficient evidence” for Shakira to face trial. A second judge rejected her appeal against decision in May.  Shakira, who in July rejected a deal with prosecutor to settle case, says authorities only came after her “with their eyes on prize” when they found out she was dating FC Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique, who is Spanish. “While Gerard and I were dating, I was on a world tour. I spent more than 240 days outside of Spain, so there was no way I qualified as a resident,” she said.

“Spanish tax authorities saw that I was dating a Spanish citizen and started to salivate. It’s clear they wanted to go after that money no matter what,” singer claimed. Shakira added that she had already paid what Spanish tax office said she owed before they filed a lawsuit. She said she was confident that she had behaved correctly and transparently from beginning, suggesting Spanish authorities “resorted to a salacious press campaign” to damage her reputation. Spokesperson for Spanish prosecutor’s office was not immediately available for comment.

Published in The Daily National Courier, September, 23 2022

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