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Having turned down a plea deal, Shakira now faces up to eight years in prison for tax evasion.

Shakira Tax Trial

Shakira Tax Trial
Shakira Tax Trial

According To Uswhispers Shakira's next incarceration may be in a jail in Spain. By taking her $15 million tax fraud case to court, she might face nearly a decade in prison. 'Hips Don't Lie' singer.

Shakira, on the other hand, will not take a plea bargain but rather go to trial. For the period of 2012-2014, prosecutors in Spain have charged Shakira, 45, with tax evasion totaling 14.5 million euros ($15 million). She turned down a settlement offer from the prosecutor's office earlier this week. According to Reuters, she maintains that she was not in Spain at the time.

Her rep tells Reuters that Shakira has no doubts about her innocence, calling the lawsuit a "gross violation of her rights." According to a statement from the PR agency Llorente y Cuenca, she also "trusts her innocence and decides to put the issue in the hands of the law." After first paying the 17.2 million euros she owed to the Spanish tax department, Shakira maintains there is no outstanding due with the tax agency.

Lionel Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison for defrauding Spain of €4.1 million between 2007 and 2009, according to the BBC. Under the Spanish court system, sentences of less than two years can be served on probation, so Messi was never anticipated to spend a single day in prison.

It's been about two months since Shakira and Gerard broke up after 11 years of marriage. A statement sent by Shakira's public relations firm confirmed the couple's separation. To protect our children, who are our primary concern, we ask that you respect our privacy. "I appreciate your patience," you may say.

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