Shakira should be sentenced to almost a decade behind bars if she’s convicted of tax fraud in an upcoming trial, Spanish prosecutors say.
Prosecutors in Spain are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer in her tax fraud case, which is likely headed to trial after she rejected an offer to settle, according to Reuters and The Associated Press.
Shakira has been accused of not paying about $15 million in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014, when she has claimed her primary residence was in the Bahamas. But prosecutors allege she spent a majority of her time in Spain.
Shakira’s lawyer previously said she has lived in a variety of places “throughout her professional career and, in every case, has fully met the laws of all the jurisdictions where she has resided.” The singer’s legal team also says she already paid money that Spanish officials said she owed.
But last year, a judge said there was “sufficient evidence of criminality” for a trial, and earlier this week she reportedly rejected a proposed settlement, with her PR firm saying she “trusts her innocence and chooses to leave the issue in the hands of the law.”
According to Reuters, Spanish prosecutors also want Shakira to be fined 23 million euros, or $23.5 million, if she’s convicted.