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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.

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Lizzo says she’s in a relationship that’s ‘not monogamous’ because traditional ones ‘scare’ her

When asked about her relationship with her lover Myke Wright, Lizzo said it was “not monogamous” on the radio program “The Breakfast Club.” Lizzo said that she prefers a relationship that is centered on love rather than restrictions when co-host Charlamagne Tha God questioned her about her personal life.

“Monogamy, I think to me, is a little claustrophobic. I think because there are the rules,” Lizzo said.

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She added that the idea of being in a “traditional relationship” for 10 years scared her, but the concept of loving someone for that long, or forever, felt better.

“I can love somebody forever,” she said.

“I think a love relationship that’s not monogamous has no rules,” Lizzo – whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson – continued. “I think people who do poly and all that stuff – there’s still rules. I don’t want any rules.”

Host Yee then asked: “What if [her boyfriend] was like, ‘I just want us to be in a monogamous relationship — just me and you. I don’t want you to be with anyone else,'” to which Lizzo replied: “We can still have that – just not call it monogamy.”

When Charlamagne probed her further about the nature of their connection, she responded that it is solely based on their love for one another: “Just love. ‘I just love you.’ I’m not worried about nobody else.”

“I’m not worried about anybody else sexually, romantically, emotionally. I’m just worried about you. I’m just thinking about you,” the ‘Juice’ singer stated.

Lizzo also discussed her friendships since being famous on the popular program, saying that she has “the most sincere individuals” who “don’t give a s*** about ‘Lizzo’ with the chain on” are present around her. They care about “Melissa” “.

The singer also talked openly about Myke Wright, her current partner, whom she knew before she rose to fame. She described them as pals and claimed that when they knew them prior to 2019, “it hit differently.”

The Grammy-winning singer also discussed how love “saved her life” – not literally, but because it helped alter her perspective on things.

“Saving your life can also mean your life was headed in one direction and now it’s going in this direction which is a much better healthier, safer, happier place because of love,” Lizzo said.

The ‘About Damn Time’ singer acknowledged that navigating her A-list reputation can be challenging, but in April, she said that Myke’s stardom is “not even a consideration” in her relationship with him.

“If you have the right person, no, not at all,” she said. “It should be mutually supportive no matter what that person does.”

Source: vt.co

R&B singer R Kelly gets 30 years in jail in s*x trafficking case

R. Kelly, a disgraced R&B artist, was given a 30-year prison term on Wednesday for his role in a decades-long scheme to seduce young girls and women. The 55-year-old former superstar’s lengthy descent comes to an end with the sentence, which is harsher than the 25 years in jail that the prosecutors had requested.

Disgraced R&B star R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sex trafficking and abusing young girls as the judge told him 'the public has to be protected'

“I’m grateful that Robert Sylvester Kelly is away and will stay away and will not be able to harm anyone else,” victim Lizzette Martinez told reporters outside the Brooklyn federal court.

In September, the “I Believe I Can Fly” artist was found guilty on all nine charges he faced, including the most serious of racketeering.

Attorney Jennifer Bonjean comforts R Kelly at his sentencing hearing for federal sex trafficking at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn on Wednesday

“The public has to be protected from behaviors like this,” judge Ann Donnelly said, handing down the term.

The sentence was welcomed as a “major outcome” for the 11 victims who testified about the “horrendous and cruel treatment they underwent,” according to Breon Peace, the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Kelly’s attorneys requested a sentence of no more than about 17 years.

The judge was informed by attorney Jennifer Bonjean that her client had a “chaotic” background that included being s*xually molested as a young child.

R&B Singer R. Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years in US Sex-Trafficking Case -  Bloomberg

“Mr. Kelly rejects that he’s this monster,” Bonjean said, later telling reporters outside court that she would appeal.

Due to ongoing litigation, three-time Grammy Award winner Kelly decided not to speak at the hearing.

The verdict is handed down just over a month before jury selection is scheduled to begin on August 15 in Kelly’s separate, lengthy federal trial in Chicago.

According to the allegations in that case, Kelly and two of his ex-colleagues botched the singer’s 2008 pornographic trial and covered up years of s*xual abuse of youngsters.

R. Kelly Pressed Victims to Write Letters Absolving Him, Prosecutors Say -  The New York Times

The musician who once dominated R&B also faces prosecution in two other state jurisdictions.

The #MeToo movement hailed Kelly’s conviction in New York as a turning point since it marked the first significant s*x assault trial in which Black women made up the vast majority of the accusers.

It was also the first time Kelly was prosecuted for the abuse of women and children that had been blamed on him for years.

Kelly was accused of racketeering, a federal offense that is frequently connected to organised criminal syndicates. Kelly was portrayed by the prosecution as the leader of a group of associates who enabled his abuse.

They methodically established a pattern of crimes they claim the artist-born Robert Sylvester Kelly committed for years with impunity, using his reputation to prey on the weaker. They called 45 witnesses, including 11 victims, to the stand.

Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been detained at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since his trial. It has not been revealed where Kelly would spend his sentence (pictured in 2019)

Kelly had to have been found guilty of at least two of the 14 “predicate acts”—crimes that were fundamental to the larger pattern of illegal wrongdoing—for the jury to find him guilty of racketeering.

Embarrassing testimony was offered to demonstrate those crimes, which included r*pe, drug use, jail, and child pornography. His accusers gave accounts of incidents that frequently resembled one another: Many of the alleged victims claimed they had first encountered Kelly at concerts or mall engagements where members of his entourage gave them business cards with the singer’s contact information.

R Kelly learned his fate after his accusers, including Kitti Jones, told the court, through tears and anger, that he had preyed on them and misled his fans
Addie, who previously testified at Kelly's trial but never gave her name, took several breaths before reading her statement WednesdayAT TRIAL IN 2021: Witness 'Angela,' a backup dancer for R. Kelly, testified during his sex abuse trial last year. At his sentencing on Wednesday, Angela returned to give an impact statement

Many claimed they were told he could help them achieve their goals in the music business.

However, the prosecution contended that everyone was instead “indoctrinated” into Kelly’s world, where they were all allegedly trained for s*x at his whim and kept in line using “coercive means of control,” such as isolation and harsh disciplinary measures, recordings of which were played for the jury.

The bond between Kelly and the late singer Aaliyah was essential to the state’s argument.

Before unlawfully marrying her at the age of 15, Kelly created and produced her debut song, “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number,” out of fear that he had accidentally impregnated her.

His former boss testified in court about buying a bogus ID for the union, which was later dissolved, by bribing a worker.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen to sing ‘F*** You’ to Supreme Court justices at Glastonbury

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Olivia Rodrigo invited Lily Allen to perform “F*** You” at Glastonbury. The 19-year-old expressed her “devastation and terror” over the decision and dedicated the song to the five judges who voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion. Allen was observed giving the middle finger while standing next to Rodrigo.

Before Allen came on the stage, Rodrigo told the crowd: “I’m devastated and terrified. So many women and so many girls are going to die because of this.”

The pop star continued: “I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court who have shown us that at the end of the day, they truly don’t give a shit about freedom.

“This song goes out to the justices: Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh. We hate you!”

Then Allen entered the stage and joined Rodrigo in singing her 2009 hit, F**k You, which she has previously claimed is a song about George W. Bush. She once told a crowd at a performance in So Paulo: “This f*****g a**hole who used to be the president of the United States of America was the subject of the original writing. George W. Bush is his name.”

The song was dedicated by Allen at Glastonbury 2009 to the European Parliament elections, which had just taken place weeks earlier and saw the far-right British National Party win seats for the first time ever.

The Roe v. Wade decision, which had been upheld for 50 years and had given millions of women the legal right to an abortion, was reversed by the US Supreme Court on Friday (24 June).

The 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalized abortion up until the time of fetal viability, which is typically 24 weeks into pregnancy.

Before Allen appeared on stage, Rodrigo told the crowd: “I’m devastated and terrified.” Credit: BBC

According to statistics from Planned Parenthood published by BBC News, the restriction is anticipated to reduce access to abortions for roughly 36 million women in the US who are of reproductive age.

Before blasting out “Your Power” on Friday, Billie Eilish spoke about the repeal during her headlining concert.

She told festivalgoers: “The song we’re about to do is, I think, one of the favorites that we’ve written and it’s about the concept of power and how we need to always remember how not to abuse it.

“And today is a really, really dark day for women in the US. I’m just going to say that as I cannot bear to think about it any longer at this moment.”

Source: unilad.co

Lizzo pledges $500,000 to planned parenthood after us supreme court overturns roe v wade

After the US Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade on Friday, Lizzo pledged to donate $500,000 (£407,000) to organizations that defend abortion rights.

The historic decision, issued on June 24, overturns a nearly 50-year US precedent that had deemed abortion a constitutional right.

Lizzo pledges $1M with Live Nation to reproductive rights groups

Politicians, women’s rights organizations, foreign leaders, and other prominent personalities have all criticized the choice, with US President Joe Biden calling it a “tragic blunder” that endangers the health and lives of women.

After Friday’s decision, there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion, according to CNN.

The judgment, which was reached by a 5-4 majority of the justices, will have a significant impact on women’s reproductive health nationwide since it will allow each state to unilaterally define its own abortion laws, barring congressional intervention.

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Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion:

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

The singer of “About Damn Time” used Twitter to make a rather significant commitment in response to the announcement.

“I’m pledging $500k from my upcoming tour to Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights,” Lizzo typed, adding: “Live Nation agreed to match — to make it 1 MILLION dollars.”

The entertainment company also posted a tweet of its own, writing: “WE STAND WITH WOMEN:

“We are covering travel expenses for our employees who need access to women’s healthcare services outside their home state.

“We are supporting community activism and will cover bail expenses if any of our employees are arrested for protesting peacefully.

“We are partnering with artists on support, including matching Lizzo’s donation to Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights.

“Our Live Nation Women team is working on initiatives to support voter registration and turnout.”

Planned Parenthood has also tweeted its response to the overturn, writing: “We know you may be feeling a lot of things right now — hurt, anger, confusion. Whatever you feel is OK. We’re here with you — and we’ll never stop fighting for you.”

It added: “If you need an abortion, help is available to make sure you get the care you need. Call 1-800-230-PLAN or visit http://AbortionFinder.org.”

Numerous US-based businesses, including Live Nation, Disney, and others have vowed to support their employees’ access to safe abortions.

Source: vt.co

Billie Eilish has slammed the Internet for caring more about Depp v. Heard than Roe v. Wade

Billie Elish is criticizing anyone who spoke out passionately during the defamation case involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard but is now mute in response to the US Supreme Court’s decision to make abortion a crime.

The 20-years-old Eilish has said that hearing so much talk about the trial “bothered the s**t” out of her, especially when the US Supreme Court asked to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

Billie Eilish New Song Hints At Johnny Depp Amber Heard

In her latest track, ‘TV’, Eilish sings: “The internet’s gone wild watching movie stars on trial / While they’re overturning Roe v. Wade.”

In a follow-up interview with NME, Eilish provided some added context behind the lyrics.

“I was in this state of depression, losing my own rights to my own body, and then I’d go on the internet and it would be people giving their take on this trial,” the ‘Bad Guy’ singer says

Billie Eilish questions focus on Johnny vs Amber trial instead of abortion  law - Hindustan Times

“Who f***ing gives a f**k? Women are losing rights to their bodies, so why are we talking about celebrities’ divorce trials? Who gives a s**t? Let them figure it out on their own.

“The internet bothers the s**t out of me sometimes…”

Naturally, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court on Friday by a vote of 5 to 4, thus there will no longer be a federal constitutional right to an abortion. This choice, which has even drawn criticism from President Joe Biden, will definitely have a significant impact on women’s reproductive health nationwide.

Eilish once again denounced the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday night while performing on the main stage of the Glastonbury music festival in the UK.

“Today is a really, really dark day for women in the US and I’m just going to say that because I can’t bear to think about it any longer at this moment,” Eilish told the crowd.

Lizzo, an artist from another part of the music industry, has donated $500,000 to Planned Parenthood and Abortion Rights in response to yesterday’s news.

Source: vt.co