Lauryn Hill sentenced to three months in prison
Lauryn Hill is to spend three months in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges.
Last year, the former Fugees singer admitted that she “intentionally and willingly” ignored her responsibility to file her yearly tax returns on more than $1.5 million of income between 2005 and 2007 and was also sentenced to an additional three months of home confinement, reports The Associated Press.
In a statement to the judge, the ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ hitmaker said she had always meant to pay her taxes eventually, but wasn’t able to do so after taking a lengthy hiatus from the music industry. MTV News reports that Hill, who released her first piece of new music titled ‘Neurotic Society’ over the weekend, only released it as this time because her hand was forced.
“Here is a link to a piece that I was 'required' to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline,” the star wrote on her Facebook page.
“I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music.”
It’s not clear when Lauryn will be reporting to prison or where she’ll serve her sentence – but the star is facing a maximum penalty of three years behind bars, one for each year she failed to pay her taxes.
Written by Lucy Slight