Shakira will stand trial for allegedly failing to pay $13.9 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014, a Spanish judge ordered Tuesday, with prosecutors seeking to sentenced to 8 years in prison.
The 45-year-old, who has denied any wrongdoing, will also face a hefty fine if prosecutors convict the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer.
She refused a plea agreement that would not let her stand trial, claiming she only lived in Spain for part of the year during that two-year period, according to New York Post. She purchased a family home in Barcelona in May 2012.
Shakira’s PR agency maintains she has paid off her tax debt with interest, singer refuses plea deal
Meanwhile, Shakira’s public relations firm insists she has paid off the tax debt behind, along with additional interest of 3 million euros, or $2.8 million.
She currently faces six counts of tax fraud, according to the court based in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat near Barcelona.
No trial date has been scheduled yet.
The case depends on where Shakira lived between 2012 and 2014, with prosecutors in Barcelona claiming that she spent more than half of that time in Spain and is paying taxes in country.
The allegations were made despite the ostensibly that her official residence was in the Bahamas.
The singer’s representative is reported to have “complete confidence in her innocence” and that she believes the incident is “a complete violation of her rights”.
The Grammy winner has been linked to Spain since she started dating her ex-boyfriend
The Grammy Award winner has been linked to the European nation after she began dating soccer player Gerard Piqué in 2010.
The couple, who have two children together, split this year after being together for more than a decade in a rather messy split.
Piqué, who plays for Barcelona in La Liga, is currently dating a 23-year-old public relations student, Clara Chia Marti.
Shakira accused her ex of cheating on her before the couple broke up, with TMZ reported that the pair were seated far apart during their son’s basketball game on Saturday.
Fans on social media come to Shakira’s defense amid tax fraud case, public breakup
Meanwhile, fans across social media have spoken out in defense of the singer and supported her to beat the incident in hilarious reactions.
“The Spanish colonists trying to rob my queen of Colombia will never succeed. Shakira will win this tax case,” one supporter tweeted.
Some others joked about getting her out of jail.
Earlier this summer, Shade room previously reported on Shakira’s tax troubles.