Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014.

The charges published Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique.

Tax rates are much lower in the Bahamas than in Spain.

Prosecutors in Barcelona say her travel abroad was for short periods because of professional commitments, while most of the year she stayed in Spain. They want her to pay tax in Spain on her worldwide income.

The Colombian singer officially moved to Spain for tax purposes in 2015, after having two children by Pique.

A magistrate will assess whether there is enough evidence to put Shakira on trial. Shakira's representatives said they had no immediate comment.

Prosecutors want Shakira to pay a bond of 19.4 million euros — the amount they say she owes in tax, plus 33 percent, in accordance with Spanish law. Otherwise, they recommend a court freeze of her assets to that amount.

Shakira was named in the "Paradise Papers" leaks that detailed the offshore tax arrangements of numerous high-profile individuals, including musical celebrities like Madonna and U2's Bono.

The documents were obtained by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and investigated by Spanish news website El Confidencial.

Spain's tax authorities referred their probe to the Barcelona prosecutor's office a year ago.

Sports celebrities have also been in trouble with Spanish tax authorities, including footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 18: Shakira and her son Milan look on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar at Camp Nou on October 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 30: Gerard Pique's grandfather Amador Bernabeu registers Shakira and Gerard Pique's son, Sasha Pique Mebarak, as Barcelona football team affiliate with the number 155629, on January 30, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
GIRONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 30: Shakira, Gerard Pique and their son Milan Pique are seen on December 30, 2014 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Shakira kisses to her son Milan prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on September 14, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique (R), his wife Colombian singer Shakira and their son Milan chat before the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
GIRONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 30: Shakira and her son Milan Pique are seen on December 30, 2014 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 18: Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona passes his son Milan to his wife Shakira during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar at Camp Nou on October 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 18: Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona passes his son Milan to his wife Shakira during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar at Camp Nou on October 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique (R) kisses his wife Colombian singer Shakira during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships quarter-final match Slovenia vs USA at the Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona on September 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 18: Shakira and her son Milan look on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar at Camp Nou on October 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
GIRONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 30: Shakira and her son Milan Pique are seen on December 30, 2014 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
GIRONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 30: Shakira, Gerard Pique and their son Milan Pique are seen on December 30, 2014 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
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Your generosity made the last World Baby Shower with @UNICEF a huge success! Let's see if we can help even more kids in need this year. / Gracias a su generosidad el primer #WorldBabyShower fue un éxito. Ayudemos a más niños este año. www.worldbabyshower.org
GIRONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 30: Shakira, Gerard Pique and their son Milan Pique are seen on December 30, 2014 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
Colombian Singer Shakira and Her son Milan attend a press conference in Cartagena on February 24, 2014. Shakira is in Colombia for the inauguration of a school funded by her foundation 'Barefeet' in the neighborhood of Loma del Peye in Cartagena. AFP PHOTO/Manuel Pedraza (Photo credit should read MANUEL PEDRAZA/AFP/Getty Images)
SPAIN - FEBRUARY 04: In this handout provided by UNICEF, Gerard Pique and Shakira introduce their son, Milan Pique Mebarak on February 4, 2013. Milan was born on January 22, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by UNICEF via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 20: Colombian singer Shakira (R) and FC Barcelona's football player Gerard Pique (L) pose during the presentation of her new album 'Shakira' in Barcelona, Spain on March 20, 2014. (Photo by Albert Llop/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 09: Gerard Pique of Barcelona with Shakira during the red carpet arrivals for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2011 on January 9, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 29: Barca Football player Gerard Pique goes on stage in Shakira's concert at the Lluis Campanys Olympic Stadium on May 29, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 9: Gerard Pique of Barcelona (R) and his wife Colombian singer Shakira (L) attend the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup quarter final match between Slovenia and USA at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain on September 09, 2014. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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