Shakira is reportedly facing trial in Spain over tax evasion allegations, despite insisting she’s innocent.
The pop star, whose real name is Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been accused of not paying taxes between 2012 and 2014 in her country of residence.
For missing out these two years, the singer would have avoided paying approximately €14.5 million.
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Following a three-year investigation, a judge has determined that there are ‘sufficient indications’ for the Columbian-born star to face trial.
In total, she has been accused of six tax crimes.
According to EuroWeekly news, if the case doesn’t end in Shakira’s favour, she could up facing time in jail.
The only way of avoiding trial would be for the 44-year-old to come to a last-minute agreement with the prosecution.
Discussing Shakira’s alleged crimes, Judge Marco Jesús Juberías stated: “Isabel Mebarak Ripoll stopped paying taxes in Spain during the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, despite having an obligation to do so because she has her tax residence here.”
Back in 2013, the songwriter moved out to Barcelona to be with her long-term partner, Gerard Piqué. She shares two children with the Spanish footballer.
The ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer, who is believed to have a net worth of around $300million, has claimed that her time in Spain was ‘sporadic,’ as she would also reside in the Bahamas.
In a report, Shakira’s defence allegedly argued: “What’s important is not so much the residence in the Bahamas, but whether Shakira can be considered a fiscal resident in Spain.”
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