Singer Shakira appeared in Spanish court over 14.5 million euros Tax Fraud | News Update
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Colombian singer Shakira was summoned to appear in court in Barcelona at 10:00am (08:00GMT) on Thursday (June 6) to face accusations of failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($16.5 million) in tax.
A woman believed to be Shakira was seen through the glass doors of court flanked by her advisors
Prosecutors filed charges in December 2018 claiming the singer of “Hips don’t lie” and “Clandestino” had failed to pay tax on income earned between 2012 and 2014, during which time they say she lived in Spain.
Shakira’s representatives said in a statement after the accusation was filed that the singer did not live in the northeastern region of Catalonia where the charges were filed until 2015 and had met all of her tax obligations.
The Grammy award winner regularly attends football matches of her partner, Gerard Pique, who plays for Barcelona. Pique and Shakira, a couple since the start of the decade, have two children.
Other major celebrities have been pursued in Spain over tax fraud including Barcelona’s star Lionel Messi who was found guilty, along with his father in 2016 and resulted in a suspended 21-month prison sentence and fine of 2 million euros.
On January 22 (2018), former Real Madrid player, Cristiano Ronaldo, was fined a total of almost 19 million euros for tax fraud.