Shakira charged in second tax fraud case after allegedly failing to pay £5.8 million
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Shakira has been charged in a second tax fraud case, this time over an alleged bill of £5.8 million in unpaid taxes.
Spanish prosecutors have charged the Colombian pop star with failing to pay 6.7 million euros in tax on her 2018 income, authorities said on Tuesday, as part of Spain’s latest financial allegations against the hugely successful musician.
She has been notified of the charges in Miami, where she lives, according to the statement.
Shakira is already due to be tried in Barcelona on November 20 in a separate case that hinges on where she lived between 2012-14.
In that case, prosecutors allege she failed to pay 14.5 million euros (£12.6 million) in tax.
Prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged the Grammy winner spent more than half of the 2012-14 period in Spain and, therefore, should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.
Spanish tax officials opened the latest case against Shakira last July.
After reviewing the evidence gathered over the last two months, prosecutors have decided to bring charges.
No date for a trial was set.
The public relations firm that previously has handled Shakira’s affairs, Llorente y Cuenca, made no immediate comment.
Last July, it said the artist had 'always acted in concordance with the law and on the advice of her financial advisers'.
Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked with Spain since she started dating the now-retired soccer player Gerard Pique.
The couple, who have two children, lived together in Barcelona until last year, when they ended their 11-year relationship.
Spain’s tax authorities have over the past decade cracked down on football stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for not paying their full due in taxes.
Those players were found guilty of tax evasion but avoided prison time thanks to a provision that allows a judge to waive sentences under two years in length for first-time offenders.
Shakira and Pique share two children – Milan and Sasha – together, but they recently announed the end of their 11-year marriage, with the ex-Barcelona footballer confirming his relationship with Clara Chia publicly.
That led to much speculation about why the pair split up, as well as a significant amount of criticism towards Pique from Shakira’s fans and beyond.