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Shakira accepts an agreement with the Spanish prosecutor’s office to avoid trial for tax fraud

Pop star Shakira accepted a plea deal with Spanish authorities on Monday, on the first day of her tax fraud trial in Barcelona.

Shakira told the judge presiding over the case that she accepted the agreement reached with the prosecution.

The Colombian singer faced six charges for not paying the Spanish treasury 14.5 million euros (about $15.8 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. The winner of several Grammy and Latin Grammy awards has denied any wrongdoing and said that he had paid everything he owed.

The case revolved around where Shakira lived during that period. Prosecutors in Barcelona alleged that the artist spent more than half of that time in Spain and therefore she should have paid taxes on her overall income in the country, even though her official residence remained the Bahamas. Rates are much lower in the Bahamas than in Spain.

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