MADRID (Reuters) – A Spanish court has rejected Colombian singer Shakira’s appeal and upheld an earlier ruling that saw “sufficient evidence” to send her to trial for alleged tax fraud, a court document showed on Thursday.
Prosecutors claim the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer failed to pay up to €14.5 million in income taxes between 2012 and 2014.
They argue that Shakira was living in the Spanish region of Catalonia during those years, although the Colombian pop star’s reps said she only moved to Spain in 2015, fulfilling all her tax obligations since then.
The new decision ratifies a court order issued in July 2021. The court has yet to set a trial date.
The artist’s legal team said in a statement on Thursday that it will continue to defend her case with solid legal arguments.
“Shakira’s conduct in tax matters has always been impeccable in every country where she has had to pay taxes and she has relied on and faithfully followed the recommendations of the best experts and advisors,” the statement said.
The 45-year-old singer lives with Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué, with whom she has two children.
(Reporting by Emma Pinedo and Inti Landauro)