Shakira vows to fight 'false' Spanish tax accusations in first public comments

MADRID (Reuters) - Colombian superstar Shakira vowed to fight what she claimed were "false" accusations by Spanish authorities that she dodged 14.5 million euros ($14.31

million) in taxes, in her first public comments on a case that could see her sent to prison for up to eight years. Shakira, 45, is facing trial in Spain accused of

failing to pay taxes between 2012 and 2014, a period in which she said she was leading a "nomadic life" because of her work. "I have to fight for what I believe because

these are false accusations," the 'Hips don't lie' singer told Elle magazine in an interview published online in the United States on Wednesday and due to run in its October print

edition. "I owe zero to them." The prosecutor's document, seen by Reuters, asserts that Shakira spent more than half of each year in Spain between 2012 and 2014, and in

May 2012 bought a family home in Barcelona. In July last year, a Spanish judge said he had seen "sufficient evidence" for Shakira to face trial. A second judge rejected her appeal

against the decision in May. Shakira, who in July rejected a deal with the prosecutor to settle the case, says the authorities only came after her "with their eyes on the

prize" when they found out she was dating FC Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique, who is Spanish. "While Gerard and I were dating, I was on a world tour. I spent more

than 240 days outside of Spain, so there was no way I qualified as a resident," she said. "The Spanish tax authorities saw that I was dating a Spanish citizen and

started to salivate. It’s clear they wanted to go after that money no matter what," the singer claimed.