Shakira Tax-Fraud Case Moves Forward As Spanish Judge Finds ‘Sufficient Evidence’ For Trial

A Spanish judge has found “sufficient evidence” to move forward with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud case involving “Hips Don’t Lie” artist Shakira. Outlets including Madrid-headquartered El País just recently reported that the years-running tax-evasion case against Shakira – who, according to prosecutors, has “regularly” lived in Spain since 2012 – appears likely to head to trial. The 44-year-old has been in a relationship with FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué for over a decade, and incidentally, a Spanish court in 2019 ordered Piqué to cough up €2.1 million ($2.49 million at the present exchange rate) in unpaid taxes.

Regarding Shakira’s purported tax evasion, however, the Spanish Tax Agency (STA) in December of 2018 formally accused the three-time Grammy winner of failing to pay a staggering €14.5 million ($17.19 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Levying six corresponding charges against her, officials maintained that Shakira had “effectively remained in Spain” on a full-time basis, notwithstanding several trips abroad for work.

Even with the strong possibility of a criminal trial (and, in turn, probation or jail), it remains to be seen whether the parties will be able to reach a last-minute settlement, given that the legal struggle has already dragged on for the better part of three years. Furthermore, while Shakira hadn’t commented publicly on this latest development at the time of publishing, her attorneys informed media outlets in Spain that they plan to appeal the ruling.