A court document published Thursday showed that a Spanish judge believes there is “sufficient evidence” to bring famous Colombian singer Shakira to court for tax evasion.
The judge ended a pre-trial investigation by prosecutors into allegations that Shakira did not pay up to 14.5 million euros ($17.2 million) in taxes on income she earned between 2012 and 2014.
“The documents… attached to the lawsuit constitute sufficient evidence of violations to allow the proceedings to continue,” he said in the judicial document.
Prosecutors say that Shakira was residing in Catalonia during the mentioned years, but a representative for her affairs says that she did not reside in Spain until 2015, and has already fulfilled all her tax obligations.
Her representatives in Spain said, in an email statement Thursday, that the court document is an “expected step in the process”, and that Shakira’s legal team “remains confident (of her position) and is fully cooperating with the judiciary and will not make further comments.”