The 46-year-old Colombian musician, who currently lives in Miami with his two children, was threatened with an eight-year prison sentence and a 24 million euro fine. The charges were based on claims that Shakira lived as a resident of Spain for more than half a year between 2012 and 2014, which requires her to pay tax. The singer still claims that she did not commit a criminal act, but she is said to have accepted the settlement because benefits of their children. She said she didn’t want her baby “saw a mother sacrificing her well-being in this fight”. The singer rejected the first settlement offer and decided to go to trial, but in the end there will be no trial.
In order for the prosecution to prove Shakira’s guilt, as many as 117 witnesses would have to participate in the case, including hairdressers, studio technicians, dance teachers, therapists, beauticians, gynecologists and the singer’s personal chauffeur. The singer accused tax authorities of defamation, while Spanish tax authorities claimed she deliberately defrauded the Spanish treasury by hiding her earnings in tax havens.
The singer initially strongly opposed the accusations
“These are false accusations,” was Shakira was clear in last year’s interview. “First of all, I didn’t even spend the required 183 days in Spain at the time, I was fulfilling my professional obligations around the world. Second, I paid everything they charged me even before they filed a lawsuit. In short, today I don’t owe anyone anything.” she added.
“The Spanish tax authorities saw that I was in a relationship with a Spanish citizen, so they began to salivate. It is clear that they wanted to go after this money no matter what. They knew that I had not been in Spain long enough to Spain is not my place of work or my source of income, but they approached me anyway.” was a sharp star last year.