Shakira, a Colombian pop singer, has been charged with tax fraud in Spain and could spend up to eight years in prison if found guilty.
There are six charges against Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, stating that she failed to pay the Spanish government.
Between 2012 and 2014, taxes totaled around $15 million. Prosecutors declared that they would also pursue a $24.5 million fine.
According to a statement sent Wednesday by her public relations company Llorente y Cuenca, the singer is "confident in her innocence.
Prosecutors are asking the court to sentence her to eight years and two months in prison if she is found guilty.
First-time offenders who get sentences of less than two years in prison may have their prison time waived by the court.
She paid the amount in full with interest as soon as she learned about it from the tax office, according to her PR firm.
As part of her investigation of alleged tax evasion, Shakira testified before a judge in 2019.What is known about the allegations and potential 8-year