Shakira has been charged with tax evasion in Spain, to the tune of $16.3 million. Prosecutors allege the Colombian singer listed the Bahamas as her primary residence for tax purposes from 2012-2014, while she actually resided in Barcelona with her partner and their two children.
Though Shakira, 41, has not publicly commented, a source close to her says she believes she is the victim of a “smear campaign.” She claims she did not live in Spain for more than 183 days during the years in question, meaning she did nothing illegal.
A judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to bring the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer to trial in the near future.
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