Shakira (44) will most likely have to appear in court after all because of the tax evasion charge pending against her in Spain. According to El Pais, the judge ruled on Wednesday that there is “sufficient evidence” that the Colombian singer, who lives in Barcelona, has evaded tax through tax havens. The Public Prosecution Service may therefore proceed with the lawsuit.
Shakira, 44, is accused of hiding more than 14.5 million euros in companies between 2012 and 2014. The tax authorities said they tried to settle the case with Shakira, but went to justice when it failed after repeated requests. After a three-year investigation, the judge concluded on Wednesday that there is sufficient evidence that an amount of 14.5 million has been evaded and that it must be repaid.
The singer denies all accusations and previously said through her lawyers that she did not live in Barcelona at the time, but officially in the Bahamas. She would therefore not have to pay tax in Spain. However, according to prosecutors, she did not spend a day in the Bahamas between 2012 and 2014 and spent more than half of her time in Spain.
Shakira has officially lived in Spain since 2015. The singer left for the country because of her relationship with Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, with whom she has been together since 2011 and has two children.