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Shakira reaches deal to avoid Spanish tax fraud trial



Colombian pop star Shakira reached a settlement on Monday morning with prosecutors to avoid a trial in Barcelona over charges she failed to pay $15.7 million in Spanish income tax between 2012 and 2014.

As part of the deal, she accepted the charges and a fine of 50% of the amount owed, almost 8 million dollars.

She also accepted another fine of over 479,000 dollars to avoid a three-year prison sentence, the judge said during the trial’s first hearing.

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Colombian singer Shakira and her lawyer Pau Molins ALBERT GEAREUTERS

“Do you recognise the facts and conform with the new penalties that have been requested?” asked Judge Jose Manuel del Amo Sanchez. “Yes,” Shakira responded.

Wearing a pink suit, matched with a pink handbag and sunglasses, she arrived minutes before 10 a.m. local time accompanied by her lawyers, amid a media frenzy. On Thursday night Shakira won two Latin Grammy awards in Seville.

Previously, the ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer, who also has a second tax fraud investigation pending with Spanish authorities, had vowed to fight what she called false accusations.

The prosecutor’s office was seeking an up to eight-year prison term and to claim back the taxes it says she owes.

It alleged that Shakira spent more than half of each of the years in question in Spain and was therefore ordinarily resident in the country. It also said that a Barcelona property she bought in May 2012 served as a family home.

Shakira, 46, lived with former Barcelona and Spain soccer star Gerard Pique for 11 years and the couple have two children. The singer, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, moved to Miami after their separation.

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