| 24 July 2024, Wednesday |

Shakira accused of tax crimes for the second time

The Spanish government has prosecuted Colombian music artist Shakira with tax evasion for the second time.

Prosecutors in Spain claim the singer cheated the state of €6.7 million ($7.1 million, £5.8 million) in 2018.

They claim she neglected to register millions in advance payments for her El Dorado World Tour, among other things.

The second inquiry was launched by Spanish prosecutors in July 2023, but the specifics were only revealed on Tuesday.

According to RTVE, the 46-year-old singer is aware of the fresh allegations, but Reuters adds that Shakira’s legal team in Miami, where she now resides, has not yet been informed.

Instead, they were “focused on preparing for the trial for the 2012-14 fiscal years, which will begin on Nov 20,” they told Reuters in a statement.

The new charges hinge on the fact that in 2018, Shakira was living in Barcelona with football star Gerard Pique and was therefore required to tax all her international revenue there.

They argue that she instead diverted her money to “companies domiciled in countries with low taxation and high opacity”.

Shakira faces trial over six separate alleged tax crimes in Barcelona this November – charges she has denied.

In that case, she has been accused of failing to pay €14.5m ($15.3m, £12.6m) in tax between 2012 and 2014, but has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

“I am confident that I have enough proof to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor”, she said in September, in an interview with the Spanish edition of Elle magazine.