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Shakira Prosecutors Call for 8-Year Prison Sentence Over Alleged Tax Fraud in Spain

Shakira is wanted by Spanish prosecutors. In her continuing criminal tax fraud case, the prosecutors informed the court on Friday that if the Colombian diva is found guilty of tax fraud, she should serve an eight-year and two-month term. Prosecutors also requested a whopping 20 million euro fine in addition to the extended prison sentence.

The 45-year-old global superstar was accused by Barcelona prosecutors in 2018 of failing to pay the Spanish tax office €14.5 million (£12.18 million) for revenue received between 2012 and 2014.

The Spanish courts will now need to decide whether to have a trial and select a date based on her answer to the prosecution, both of which have not yet been determined.

The Colombian pop diva said earlier this week that she was choosing to go to trial rather than accept a bargain.

Shakira facing up to eight years in jail if found guilty of alleged £12m tax  fraud | Entertainment | oleantimesherald.com

In a statement to Billboard, public relations agency Llorente y Cuenca said that Shakira “trusts her innocence and chose to put the problem in the hands of the authorities.”

She allegedly deposited the sum she is said to owe with the Spanish Tax Agency and has no outstanding tax debts, according to the public relations firm.

After a three-year investigation, a Spanish judge this year concluded that there were “sufficient indicators” for Shakira’s alleged activities.

The ‘Waka Waka’ singer is accused of committing six alleged tax crimes, and the prosecution is reportedly seeking an eight-year prison sentence if found guilty.

Judge Marco Jesús Juberías said: “Isabel Mebarak Ripoll stopped paying taxes in Spain during the years 2012, 2013, and 2014, despite having an obligation to do so because she has her tax residence here.”

Shakira Prosecutors Call for 8-Year Prison Sentence in Tax Fraud Case -  Rolling Stone

Shakira shifted to Barcelona in 2011 with her long-term partner Gerard Piqué. The couple announced they had split in June via a statement released by the singer’s agency, which read: “We regret to confirm that we are parting ways.

“For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we ask that you respect their privacy. Thank you for your understanding.”

Following Shakira’s revelation, one of her devoted fans wondered if the relationship problems between the couple were hinted at in the song “Te Felicito (I Congratulate You)” by Shakira.

The Columbian artist’s first release of 2022, “Te Felicito,” features the Puerto Rican rapper and vocalist Rauw Alejandro.

The lyrics read: [Translation] “To complete you, I broke into pieces/ They warned me, but I didn’t listen/ I realized that your love is false/ It was the final drop that tipped over the glass.”

Shakira then sang about an apology that ‘seems sincere’ but she knows is a ‘lie’.

“I congratulate you, how well you act, of that, I have no doubt/ Your script continues. That show suits you well,” the song continues.

Since then, viewers have rushed to the music video under the impression that Shakira was using her most recent song to send ‘signals’.

One claimed: “[Translation] If I’m honest, this song didn’t catch my attention and I’m a super fan of Shakira’s. But look at these lyrics. If I paid attention to it today, it perfectly describes the situation she is apparently experiencing.

Shakira Could Face 8-year Prison Sentence If Convicted In Trial For Alleged  Tax Fraud In Spain - Planetnewspost

“Something that is consistent with everything that can be felt after a betrayal, a description worthy of it. I imagine the pain she must have felt but at the same time the courage to move on.”

According to Reuters, Shakira has claimed that she has paid the 17.2 million euros she owed the Spanish government since the tax fraud claims were filed in 2018.

Shakira’s ex-husband Gerard Piqué was hit with a 2 million euro fine in 2019 for tax evasion between 2008 and 2010.

Source: unilad.co

Will Smith finally breaks silence on Chris Rock’s slap: ‘This is probably irreparable’

Will Smith shared a heartfelt video on social media on Friday, directly addressing the moment at the Oscars when he slapped presenter Chris Rock. An earnest-looking Smith responds to fan concerns about the fallout from the slap, which made news all around the world, in the video, the “King Richard” actor’s first response to the issue since his apologetic post in March.

In an unexpected moment at the Academy Awards, actor Will Smith slaps comedian Chris Rock. AFP

It’s the first time Smith has spoken publicly about the now-famous incident that resulted in his 10-year ban from Academy functions.

Will has addressed: “It’s been a minute… Over the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and personal work… You asked a lot of fair questions that I wanted to take some time to answer.”

He then sat down, alone in his home, and went on to explain himself, the first question asked why he didn’t apologize to Chris.

Will explained: “I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy. I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk. And when he is, he will reach out.

“So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

He went on to extend that apology to Chris’s family: “I want to apologize to Chris’s mother. I saw an interview that Chris’s mother did and, you know, that was one of the things about that moment I just didn’t realize, and, you know, I wasn’t thinking, but how many people got hurt at that moment. So I want to apologize to Chris’s mother.

“I want to apologize to Chris’s family. Specifically, Tony Rock [Chris’ younger brother]. You know, we had a great relationship. You know, Tony Rock was my man. And this is probably irreparable.”

Will Smith apologizes for Oscars slap, says Chris Rock 'not ready to talk'  | Mashable

Will continued by saying that while he wouldn’t be going into great detail in this video, he had spent the previous three months replaying and trying to comprehend the nuances of what had occurred, he assured: “But I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave at that moment. There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”

Will Smith Chris Rock Oscars Slap: Jada Pinkett Smith Statement | TVLine

Will clarified if Jada had “requested him to do something” and said, “that no, Jada had not asked him to do anything and that he had made the decision to slap Chris totally on his own.”

Source: unilad.co

Euphoria Star Sydney Sweeney Says She Barely Earns Enough To Survive

Sydney Sweeney, star of “Euphoria,” admitted that her bank account does not yet afford a break to indulge in the good life. The 24-year-old woman pointed out that while she is undoubtedly not indigent—hello, Miu Miu, Laneige, and Armani cosmetics commercial deals—she just doesn’t make as much money from her day job as some might assume.

“If I wanted to take a six-month break, I don’t have the income to cover that,” the rising sex symbol recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t have someone supporting me, I don’t have anyone I can turn to, to pay my bills or call for help.”

“They don’t pay actors like they used to, and with streamers, you no longer get residuals,” Sweeney explained.

"Euphoria" star Sydney Sweeney says she isn't able to take a long break and has to continuously work.

“The established stars still get paid, but I have to give five percent to my lawyer, 10 percent to my agents, three percent or something like that to my business manager.”

The Euphoria star added: “I have to pay my publicist every month, and that’s more than my mortgage.

“If I just acted, I wouldn’t be able to afford my life in LA. I take deals because I have to.”

She is not paying a mortgage on a humble two-up two-down, as the New York Post notes, but rather a $3 million Los Angeles mansion with a view of a golf course from the front porch.

However, it isn’t in a gated neighborhood like other houses in the region, so admirers can easily drive by and take pictures.

“I couldn’t believe I was even able to buy a house,” she said. “I want to be able to stay there.”

In fairness to the star, she came from a frugal upbringing and explained the tough choices her parents had to make when they moved to LA to pursue her acting career at 13 years old.

“We lived in one room. My mom and I shared a bed and my dad and little brother shared a couch,” she recalled.

Source: unilad.co

Ben Affleck was spotted sleeping on a cruise during Paris honeymoon with Jennifer Lopez

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have made headlines after they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at a chapel in Nevada, Las Vegas

Ben Affleck Totally Falls Asleep On Boat Ride With Jennifer Lopez & Kids In  Paris: Hilarious Photos - Hindisip

According to a recent Page Six report, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez took a vacation and were spotted spending some tender moments together. A photo of the Gone Girl star dozing off while on the vacation is among the snippets of their time together that have appeared online. He was observed wearing a navy blue shirt over a white t-shirt, sitting in a chair on the deck, and dozing off.

The “Jenny From The Block” singer was seen taking advantage of the warm weather in the city of love while sporting a pretty flowery frock and sunglasses.

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Emme and Max Lopez, who are 14 years old, and Seraphina Affleck, 13, were present with their parents when the couple eloped to Las Vegas this month to get married.

The blended family of the newlyweds was captured leaving the Crillon hotel, taking in the sights of the capital, and then pausing to have a lunch cruise on a boat.

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The two have not been reluctant to show their affection for one another through physical contact. Last week, both celebrities were seen cuddling and kissing one another close to the Elysée Palace. They were also seen making out with their children at a posh restaurant.

According to ET Online, while Affleck and Lopez had an intimate wedding, they are still “planning to have a larger celebration soon with family and friends” to “celebrate their love in a bigger way”.

“The newly married couple has kept their celebrating to a minimum as they plan to have a bigger gathering within the next few weeks,” the source continued.

Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck's Paris Boat Ride With Kids: Photos –  Hollywood Life

“Both have been married before and wanted to keep the marriage quiet and low-key before they plan to have a big celebration in Georgia,” they added.

The famous couple started dating when they initially connected on the set of the film Gigli in 2002. They made their engagement public in 2003 before delaying their wedding in 2004, just days before they split.

Ben Affleck Takes a Cruise Snooze On Paris Honeymoon With Jennifer Lopez

Affleck later married the 13 going 30 Jennifer Garner, in June 2005; they later divorced in 2018, while Lopez wed singer Marc Anthony in June 2004; they later divorced in 2011.

The Hustlers actress said that Affleck had proposed to her in April of this year, some ten years after their previous engagement.

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Lopez revealed in her newsletter last week, writing: “We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient.”

Source: vt.co

Jessica Alba Says Marvel Movies are ‘Still Quite Caucasian’, Calls for Better Representation

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become more diverse in recent years. At a time when white actors predominated the comic book movie genre, actress Jessica Alba played Sue Storm in the 2005 film Fantastic Four and the 2007 blockbuster Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. 

The blockbuster franchise, according to the 41-year-old actress in an interview with Glamour UK, is much too strongly dominated by white performers.

And although it seems like there are more diverse movies in this category now than there used to be, Alba says it’s still “more of the same”.

She said in the interview: “Even if you look at the Marvel movies – that’s the biggest driver of fantasy and what’s happening right now in entertainment because it’s sort of the family think – it’s still quite Caucasian.

“I would say I was one of the few back in the day… And it was before Marvel was sold to Disney, but it’s still quite more of the same.”

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Alba went on to say: “It’s a business initiative for people now that they realize how much money they can make. It’s something they care about, which is fine.

“How they get there really doesn’t matter. You’re like, ‘Great. Now you realize there’s a whole group of folks that you just frankly left out of the conversation because you just didn’t even see them. They were there the whole time.'”

“And I guess it’s the people in charge. However they get there, it really genuinely doesn’t matter,” she continued. “I just think more for the younger people who are coming up, who are going to be our future leaders, it’s important for them to see the world on screen, or in stories, in the dreams that we create as entertainers; it reflects the world that they’re in.”

Prior to the early 2000s, Alba has previously discussed how her Mexican American ancestry held her back from landing movie roles.

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“They couldn’t figure out my ethnicity,” Alba told PopSugar in 2017. “I would always go out for ‘exotic.’ They were like, ‘You’re not Latin enough to play a Latina, and you’re not Caucasian enough to play the leading lady, so you’re going to be the “exotic” one.’ Whatever that was.”

Source: vt.co

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck spark PDA debate during honeymoon with their children

Fans are divided by Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s public kissing in front of their children after the couple brought their kids on their honeymoon in Paris.

The 52-year-old singer and 49-year-old actor could be spotted kissing on a seat close to Elysée Palace in pictures obtained by Page Six on Friday. The pair got married last Saturday in Las Vegas, and they’re now on their honeymoon in France.

The couple wed in a secret ceremony last weekend in Las Vegas, and by the time they were on their honeymoon, they were still physically attracted to one another.

In photos shot on Thursday at the Le Matignon restaurant, Affleck’s eldest daughter Violet is seen grinning while her father and his new wife make out over dinner.

The 49-year-old Argo actor and Jennifer Garner, his ex-wife from whom he divorced in 2015, are the parents of Violet and Seraphina.

Some critics have criticized the happy couple on Facebook for not even trying to hide their love for one another in front of their respective kids.

One person wrote: “That’s very inappropriate!!”

Another added: “I think it’s just bad manners to have full-on snogs in front of anyone let alone your teenage children. Why would you want to [embarrass] them with your lack of self-control It’s just yucky.”

A third said: “I don’t think they need to pash at the dinner table. Keep it classy.”

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck head for lunch in Paris with his daughter,  Violet, on their honeymoon | Daily Mail Online

One person added:  “Nothing wrong with showing your other half love and affection in person. This is why some adults cannot recognize loving and caring relationships later on in life.”

Another commented: “Not sure it’s awkward ~ showing love in front of children should be a MUST!! The fact that some make it awkward baffles me…”

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Lopez announced their nuptials in a statement in her On the JLo newsletter on Sunday (July 17), writing: “We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient.”

She continued: “Last night we flew to Vegas, stood in line for a license with four other couples, all making the same journey to the wedding capital of the world.”

Jennifer Lopez Shares Her 'Monday Mood' After Ben Affleck Wedding

The singer and actress said: “All of us want the same thing. For the world to recognize us as partners and to declare our love to the world through the ancient and nearly universal symbol of marriage.”

Source: vt.co