After years of back-and-forth with Spanish authorities, Shakira is headed to trial for alleged tax fraud, a Barcelona judge has ordered.

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The Colombian pop star known for hits like “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Waka Waka” is accused of defrauding the Spanish government between 2012 and 2014 by failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($13.9 million).

the singer said she did not settle with Spanish authorities because she has evidence proving that she did not spend enough days in the country during that period to be considered a resident for tax purposes.

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She was busy touring the world, even while pregnant with her first child, she told the magazine.

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it also happens unjustly to the regular taxpayer,” Shakira told Elle. “But I’m confident that I have enough proof to support my case and that justice will prevail in my favor.”

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In court documents obtained by The Post, Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) judge Ana Duro Palencia ordered the singer to stand trial in connection with six charges related to tax fraud.

Shakira will not face any precautionary measures such as house arrest, the judge said in the five-page court document dated Sept. 19.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking more than eight years in prison and a fine of about $24 million for Shakira.

Shakira’s name, along with those of other celebrities, appeared in two major caches of leaked financial documents: the Paradise Papers in 2017 and the Pandora Papers in 2021.