Shakira is preparing to body roll and shake her way to a Spanish courthouse.
The Colombian-native is set to appear in court due to tax fraud charges.
Shakira insists she’s innocent, but the Spanish government believes she evaded taxes from 2012 to 2014, with a massive bill totaling upwards of $14 million.
Her Hips May Lie, But Her Taxes Might!
Her public relations team issued a message over the weekend stating that Shakira and Spanish prosecutors failed to reach an agreement on the tax evasion charges. Now, it’s time to go to trial where she will insist on her innocence.
“Shakira and her team consider that this case constitutes a total violation of her rights,” the statement reads. “Since she has always shown impeccable behavior, as a person and taxpayer, and total willingness to resolve any disagreement from the beginning, even before the criminal proceeding.”
The Spanish Gov. Believes There’s “Sufficient Evidence” To Hold A Trial
CNN obtained a ruling in which the investigating magistrate said there is “sufficient evidence” to hold a trial for the singer’s alleged tax evasion for the years of 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Per reports, Judge Marco Jesús claims Shakira lived in Spain for more than 200 days in each of those three years making her liable to pay taxes in the country.
Furthermore, Judge Jesús also named her financial advisor in the ruling, and said the two corroborated by using a series of companies in off-shore tax havens in an attempt to hide the sources of her income during that three-year period.
Her attorneys claim she lived in the Bahamas a majority of the time from 2012 and 2014.
The Blast recently reported on the mother-of-two’s possible prison sentence.
The “Waka Waka” singer could face up to 2,920 days or eight-years behind bars if found guilty.
Prosecutors are also wanting to hit her with a hefty fine of $23.5 million, according to Spanish news outlet El País.
Shakira’s tax fraud case will be handled by a court in the vicinity of Barcelona where she split time living for over a decade with her ex-partner, Gerard Piqué.
A Judge Believes Shakira Lived In Spain Longer Than She Claims
The singer has plans to move to Miami with her two young children for work, but this court case could totally derail those plans.
Last May, Shakira and her legal team lost an appeal to have the case thrown out. The Spanish judicial ministry followed it up with a plea deal, which the songstress rejected.
The plea deal would’ve kept the case out court.
Shakira accused the prosecution of being “uncompromising” and applying “improper methods” aimed to make her accept the deal.
Shakira Rejected A Plea Deal & Wants To Prove Her Innocence
Given her unwillingness to accept what the court has to offer, prosecutors are now trying to make her learn her lesson behind bars.
On Friday, July 29, Spanish prosecutors said if a jury convicts Shakira for gipping the government of nearly $15 million in taxes, they will ask a judge give her eight-years and two-months behind bars.
“Shakira has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer, and faithfully following the counsel of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, a prestigious and globally recognized tax firm,” her rep said.
Their statement continued, “Unfortunately, the Spanish Tax Office, which loses one out of every two lawsuits with its taxpayers, continues to violate her rights and pursue yet another baseless case. Shakira is confident that her innocence will be proven by the end of the judicial process.”
Shakiar’s reps claim she has paid everything she owes in taxes plus $3 million in interest.