Shakira has reached a deal with Spanish prosecutors to avoid a €14.5 (£12.7m) tax fraud trial which would have lifted the lid on her celebrity lifestyle.
The Colombian megastar answered “yes” when asked by the judge to acknowledge six counts of failing to pay taxes between 2012 to 2014 and agreed to a three-year suspended sentence which will mean she will avoid prison. She has to pay a €7m (£6m) fine. Before the eleventh-hour deal, prosecutors had asked for an eight-year jail term and a €24m fine if she was convicted of tax fraud.
The singer, who arrived at court in a pink suit and sunglasses, denied the charges and has insisted she was the latest victim of a witch hunt against high-profile athletes and famous people by tax authorities.
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