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Legal Woes for Colombian Popstar Shakira Ignite

Legal Woes for Colombian Popstar Shakira Ignite

Internationally known singer Shakira is facing a hefty lawsuit filed by her former business partner and boyfriend, Antonio de la Rua, last week. De la Rua filed a complaint against NBC’s The Voice star stating that their severed partnership entitles him to $100 million from the popstar. De la Rua states that he, along with Shakira, worked extremely hard in order to achieve the global success Shakira claims today. For example, the singer’s 10-year deal signed in 2008 with Live Nation is estimated to be worth $300 million alone.  Other lucrative projects de la Rua claims the two secured together include a $9 million sponsorship deal with Telefonica and a perfume deal with Puig which will result in at least $2 million in profits each decade. De la Rua’s complaint alleges that the pop sensation terminated their partnership without any warning, and further that Shakira has wrongfully refused to pay her former business partner his percentage of earned profits for 2011.

A. Rana