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Lauryn Hill sentenced to 3 months in prison for tax evasion


Lauryn Hill was in a Newark, NJ courtroom today (May 6th) for sentencing on tax evasion charges. Despite having reportedly paid over $900,000 in taxes and penalties yesterday, the Grammy-winning singer was sentenced to 3 months in prison for failing to pay taxes from 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Two weeks ago, a judge confirmed that Hill had paid only about $50,000 of more than $500,000 she owes. She faced up to 3 years in prison.

On Monday, Hill explained to the judge that she had always planned to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during the time; as she had walked away from the music business. She made similar statements in an online posting made last year after pleading guilty.

“I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that,” Hill said Monday.

Before the sentencing, her attorney said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities, and he was seeking probation.

In addition to three months in prison, Hill must serve an additional three months in home confinement


  1. Peetee Tabron on May 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    That’s some BULLSHIT!! She paid the money!!

  2. memeremalek on May 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Its the females who always get jail (Martha Stewart) while the men get a slap on the wrist.

  3. Louell Saavedra on May 7, 2013 at 3:13 am

    This is crazy!! Only in America huh?! Why is this woman being harassed, she is obviously WILLING to pay her taxes? Who would pay $970,000 even though it wasn’t enough yet… does it look like someone who needs to be thrown in jail???

  4. ReginaldDj Thomas on May 7, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Hey She Paid The Money Wesley Didn’t That’s Why He Went In She paid It Might have Been A Little Late But She Did Pay hands Down.

  5. Sherri Wesley-Burks on May 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Lauryn Hill is victim because she refused the system. She was unwilling to compromise her standards and sell her soul for the sake of fame and fortune thus the comment about the health and welfare of her children… People, please read between the lines. The entertainment industry is a “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” kinda business and Lauryn held out so “she be damned”. Now she must pay the piper. Sad, but very true! There is always a method to the maddness people, its never, ever just cut and dry…

  6. Sunni Monday on May 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    its a setup… there is power in prayer… keep your head up Ms. Hill

  7. Diana Martins on May 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Ready or Not, Here I come! You can´t hide! 🙂

  8. melymell on May 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Too harsh! Boo!!