Renowned Colombian singer Shakira, famous for hits like ‘Hips Don’t Lie,’ finds herself embroiled in a legal battle once again, as Spanish prosecutors charge her with tax evasion for the second time. This time, the allegations revolve around her financial dealings in 2018, when she reportedly failed to declare substantial earnings from her ‘El Dorado’ world tour and other sources. Here’s a comprehensive look at the situation:
The Allegations and Investigation
In the latest development, Spanish prosecutors claim that Shakira defrauded the Spanish state of €6.7 million (approximately R135 million) in 2018 by not disclosing significant income, including advance payments for her world tour. This alleged evasion centers on the requirement for Shakira to declare her international revenue in Spain, where she resided with her then-partner, Gerard Pique, and their two children during that time.
However, authorities contend that she instead funneled her earnings through “companies domiciled in countries with low taxation and high opacity.” This practice, if proven true, would constitute a violation of tax laws.
It’s worth noting that the investigation into these charges commenced in July 2023 but has only recently been made public.
Upcoming Trial and Previous Charges
This latest tax evasion accusation is not an isolated incident. Shakira is already facing a separate trial for six alleged tax crimes in Spain, scheduled for November. In this case, she stands accused of failing to pay €14.5 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014.
Throughout these legal battles, Shakira has maintained her innocence. Her defense has emphasized that she has cooperated with authorities and followed the counsel of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a reputable global tax firm. Her representatives have criticized the Spanish Tax Office’s track record, claiming it loses half of its lawsuits against taxpayers.
In a statement addressing the initial charges, Shakira’s representative stated, “Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process.”
Recently, the pop star expressed her unwavering belief in her exoneration, telling Spain’s Elle magazine, “I am confident that I have enough proof to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor.”
As this legal saga unfolds, it remains to be seen how the courts will ultimately rule on these allegations, and whether Shakira can successfully clear her name in both ongoing cases.