Shakira Wins Legal Battle in Spain Over Tax Evasion Charges

Spain’s probe into pop sensation Shakira’s alleged tax evasion was dropped this week over a lack of evidence, according to multiple media reports on Friday.

Shakira was the subject of an investigation launched in July by prosecutors in Spain (where she says she moved in 2015) who claimed in this case that she had used a series of companies and tax havens to cheat the government out of €6.6 million in owed 2018 taxes. Shakira already paid the Spanish government the full amount in August to settle any debt.

But on Wednesday, investigators told the court that a lack of evidence prompted them to ask that the the criminal case against the pop star be dropped.

The following day, the court agreed that there was not enough evidence presented to “constitute a [criminal] offense against the tax authorities”; Shakira had made no “intent to defraud” the Spanish government, despite certain “irregularities” in her tax return, the court declared as it tossed the case.