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Shakira sues former employees

The singer says her ex-workers had threatened to release details about her private life if she didn’t pay them

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  • Published: 13:00 August 12, 2012
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  • Colombian singer Shakira arrives for the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ
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Singer Shakira is taking legal action against two former employees over allegations of extortion and defamation.

The Hips Don’t Lie hitmaker said her ex-workers had threatened to release details about her private life if she didn’t give them £312,500 (Dh1.14 million), reports dailystar.co.uk.

The staffers, who had worked for the singer for 11 years, were recently sacked for undisclosed reasons.

“There is clear evidence of intentions to defame and cause harm to my client by taking advantage of her public persona and spotless personal reputation in exchange for money,” Shakira’s lawyer Exequiel A. Camerini told Colombian paper El Esplendor.

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