Shakira could face up to 8 years in Spanish prison over tax fraud case

Pop star Shakira is facing legal jeopardy in the form of possible prison time over a tax evasion charge in Spain.

According to the Washington Examiner, it was revealed last year in the Pandora Papers that Shakira was allegedly one of a number of celebrities accused of tax fraud, with her particular situation unfolding in the Spanish court system. 

The Examiner noted: “Prosecutors alleged she defrauded the Spanish tax office of $4.58 million between 2012 and 2014. As a result, they are also seeking a fine of $24.5 million from the pop star.”

Shakira, for her part, has proclaimed innocence in the matter, saying she’s “confident” that she can win the case — a case that she said is “a total violation of her rights.”

The Examiner added:

Now, Shakira is facing accusations that she maintained official tax residency in the Bahamas until 2015. Shakira claims to have already paid $17.52 million in taxes to Spain. She claims that the country is attempting to claim taxes on income she earned during international tours and her position as a judge on The Voice.

Shakira is a notable U.S. entertainment figure, having sold over 80 million albums and clocking in over 200 million streams of “Te Felicito,” her latest single, on Spotify.

Her rabid fan base, upon hearing the news of a potential prison sentence, sparked a trend of posting funny memes that show Shakira being rescued from Spanish prison.