Spanish prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for Shakira after she rejected a plea deal for tax evasion.

 Spanish prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for Shakira after she rejected a plea deal for tax evasion.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for Shakira after she rejected a plea deal for tax evasion.

After the accusation was filed, Shakira's representatives stated in a statement that the singer did not live in Spain until 2015 and had met all of her tax obligations.


The Hips Don't Lie and Clandestino singer now resides in Barcelona with her partner, Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique, and their two children.


Shakira is not the first celebrity to face tax evasion charges in Spain.


Pique's Argentine Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi was found guilty in 2016 of a 4.1 million euro tax fraud, along with his father, and was fined 250,000 euros ($397,000) as well as paying back the missing tax plus interest.


Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese international who left Real Madrid for Juventus this year, was fined nearly 19 million euros for tax evasion on January 22.

Prosecutors in Spain have said they will seek a prison sentence of more than eight years for global music superstar Shakira after she rejected a plea deal over tax evasion allegations.


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Prosecutors accuse Shakira of stealing more than $21 million from Spain's tax office between 2012 and 2014.

The global music sensation claims she is "absolutely certain of her innocence" and has turned down a plea bargain.

According to the singer's lawyers, an agreement is still possible until the trial begins.

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Prosecutors in Barcelona demanded a fine of nearly 24 million euros (more than $35 million) from the 45-year-old Hips don't Lie singer on Friday, accusing her of defrauding the Spanish tax office out of 14.5 million euros earned between 2012 and 2014.


Shakira, who has sold over 60 million albums, rejected a plea deal on Wednesday, saying she was "absolutely certain of her innocence" and had decided to go to court, "confident" that her innocence would be proven.


A formal referral to court has yet to be announced, and no trial date has been set.


Lawyers for Shakira, one of the biggest names in global music, say an agreement is still possible until the trial begins.

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