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Singer Lauryn Hill gets 3 months in fed prison for failing to pay taxes



Published: Mon, May 6, 2013 @ 10:46 p.m.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill stood in federal court today and compared her experience in the music business to the slavery her ancestors endured before a judge sentenced her to three months in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.

"I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them," Hill said before U.S. Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo. "I had an economic system imposed on me."

Hill, who started singing with the Fugees as a teenager in the 1990s before releasing her multiplatinum 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Today's sentencing also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought the total earnings to about $2.3 million.

Despite having paid more than $900,000 in the past several days, Hill still owes interest and penalties, the U.S. attorney's office said.

In a forceful but controlled statement to the judge punctuated by occasional raps with her first on the podium, Hill described how she failed to pay taxes during a period when she'd dropped out of the music business to protect herself and her children, who now number six.

She said the treatment she received while she was in the entertainment business led to her decision to leave it.

"There were veiled threats, there was blacklisting," she said, without giving specifics. "I was told, 'That's how it goes, it comes with the territory.' I came to be perceived as a cash cow and not a person. When people capitalize on a persona, they forget there is a person in there."


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1BridgeGuy37(23 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

They should lock this insane racist up for a lot longer than three months. I can only imagine that she didn't pay her taxes because that was "the man" holding her down. This unfathomable idiot is why racism will never die. She is the one who pushes it to live on, so that she may have a crutch on which to lean.
She's 30-something years old, and a millionaire. Grow up, and realize that this great country and the freedom that we enjoy is what made you your fortune! And that economic system that was "imposed" on you, actually pays for the freedom under which you live.
If you don't like it return to your lands, if there is such a better life waiting for you!

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