Lauryn Hill Addresses Tax Evasion Charges

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill has turned to the Internet once again to express her thoughts. After sharing her support for Nicki Minaj following her Summer Jam cancellation, the former Fugees member is addressing tax evasion reports.

Earlier this week, TMZ reported that Hill had failed to file federal tax returns in 2005, 2006, and 2007 when she earned more than $1.8 million. She is being charged with three counts of misdemeanor failure to file taxes and could face up to one year in prison for each count and $300,000 in fines.

But Ms. Hill is firing back. In a lengthy letter posted on her Tumblr page, the 37-year-old singer claims to have removed herself and her family from society during those three years in order to “keep them safe, healthy, and free from danger.” Read her explanation below.

For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda. Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance. I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it’s control over a given paradigm. I’ve seen people promote addiction, use sabotage, black listing, media bullying and any other coercion technique they could, to prevent artists from knowing their true value, or exercising their full power. These devices of control, no matter how well intentioned (or not), can have a devastating outcome on the lives of people, especially creative types who must grow and exist within a certain environment and according to a certain pace, in order to live and create optimally.

I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity. So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it. During this critical healing time, there were very few people accessible to me who had not already been seduced or affected by this machine, and therefore who could be trusted to not try and influence or coerce me back into a dynamic of compromise. Individual growth was expected to take place unnaturally, or stagnated outright, subject to marketing and politics. Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright. When one has a prolific creative output like I did/do, and is then forced to stop, the effects can be dangerous both emotionally and psychologically, both for the artist and those in need of that resource. It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed.

During this period of crisis, much was said about me, both slanted and inaccurate, by those who had become dependent on my creative force, yet unwilling to fully acknowledge the importance of my contribution, nor compensate me equitably for it. This was done in an effort to smear my public image, in order to directly affect my ability to earn independently of this system. It took a long time to locate and nurture a community of people strong enough to resist the incredibly unhealthy tide, and more importantly see through it. If I had not been able to make contact with, and establish this community, my life, safety and freedom, would have been directly affected as well as the lives, safety and freedom of my family. Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option.

Click here to read the rest of her letter.



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41 Comments

  1. TEAM QUEEN B

    PREACH LAURYN. SHE’S TALKING ABOUT THE “ILLUMINATI” IN CASE YOU ALL ARE WONDERING.

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    shion Reply:

    @TEAM QUEEN B, Exactly. She better speak own it

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    illerbrown Reply:

    @shion, illuminati is not real and so is god in that fact

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    Outspoken Reply:

    @TEAM QUEEN B, she damn sure is! Love you Lauryn!

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    lol Reply:

    @TEAM QUEEN B, Why is she making a comeback then ?
    Aren’t the illuminati gonna try to get her again ?
    Did the illuminati force her to sleep with two married men as well (Rohan & Wyclef) ?

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    shion Reply:

    @lol, Now I’m not saying this is her reason for coming back because she could be doing the exact opposite but she might be back to fight against the oppressive system through her music and left only to build up her strength to withstand the evil around her. I’m mean…someone is going have to fight the powers at hand. You can’t run forever.

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    lol Reply:

    @shion, It still doesn’t explain her behavior.
    I mean the whole doesn’t add up honestly, if she felt like people wanted to hurt her then why would she have that many kids and therefor put them in danger.
    It also doesn’t explain why she slept with two married men while singing about the opposite things.
    And more importantly why did she perform during those three years (i know she did in 2006 because i saw her live then) ?
    I don’t know all this just seem really weird to me but whatever.

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    JussSaying Reply:

    @TEAM QUEEN B,
    Love Lauryn to death.. and well some people will like her message some will think she is coo coo..
    but Lauryn .. theres two things you cannot escape in life… Taxes and Death… So get it together and pay up before they lock u up!

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    JJ Reply:

    @TEAM QUEEN B, She’s not speaking about “The Illuminati” as you “know” it from watching YouTube videos but she’s hinting at the general idea. You think you know. YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

    The “Realest” in this industry or more devious than the “fake” could ever be. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not the artists in the generation before this one with your favorites set this generation up to be as it is both deliberately by “selling their soul (I.e. compromising their values or having none”) or by being ignorant of what was happening around them.

    I don’t feel like Lauryn was one of the ones who damaged our society but I feel she was victimized by the machine.

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  2. ULISES

    I absolutely LOVE Lauryn Hill. I never believed she had gone crazy or any of that bull****. This cultural machine is ridiculous and I agree completely with everything she wrote. I applaud everything she’s done. She’s a BRAVE, INTELLIGENT, MAGNIFICENT woman. You inspire me so much as an artist. You’re amazing! And I know you never left us. You’ve always been there. Of course, the public doesn’t get to see what you and many other’s see and know about the industry… if they would, they’d be completely horrified. I’ve definitely had my share of experiences, but nothing compared to yours or several others. LOVE YA!

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  3. Erin

    I stopped after the first paragraph. You write this “deep, meaningful” letter yet can’t use your smarts to pay what’s due? #GirlStop

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    BLAZE Reply:

    @Erin, They were trying to take her an her family out she had to make sure they were safe.You need to read before you judge.

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    yoo Reply:

    @Erin, you stopped because reading those big words probably hurts your head. Shes talking real truth,

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    Outspoken Reply:

    @yoo, lmao so true … that was hilarious

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  4. Tax the 1%, pay ur fair share

    I gotta click here before I could even find out the tax evation explanation from Lauren? huh. Why don’t the IRS go after the 1% of the 1% who haven’t paid ANY, ANY taxes at all but these BILLIONAIREs u have can buy the whole congress and buy puppet governors like Scott Walker who busting unions in Wisconsin, Rick Schneider who displacing poor black communities in Michigan like Benton Harbor, replacing legally elected officials and mayors replacing them with so-called Emergency Managers. Not to talk about that Rick Scott in Florida who denying 100s of 1000s of citizens the right to vote in the year 2012. This is 2012 for gawd sake! AMERICA DON’T NEED JIM CROW or DRED SCOTT. Lauryn Hill is a small fish, get the big fish!

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  6. BLAZE

    I love an support her she is a Icon.An a legend.I really believe what she has said.

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  7. Luke

    Even if u were gone u didn’t leave America and u still had income; therefore, u still owe Ms.L…period point blank.

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  8. xSTEV3N

    wow, she opened my eyes with this, God bless you Lauryn

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  11. holla

    I saw her live in 2006 so it’s not like she completely removed herself from the industry.
    Just pay your taxes Lauryn -_-

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  12. TRP

    Lauryn, just pay your damn taxes.

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    Soaring Reply:

    @TRP, RIGHT! Lmfao at her extra reply. You have to pay your taxes like the rest of us.

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    Rasan8250 Reply:

    @TRP, It is same we have come to a system that we are trapped in. Income tax are illegal though, hell there are some people whose families were part of the origianl thirteen colonies that were established here who don’t pay property tax because they stated their claim before the tax system as we know it was established. Look it up. Hell they even have hidden trust in the government called accepted for value so you can defer your debt until the gold standard comes back into place. I am not pissed that Ms. Hill did not pay, her well being and the well being of her family should always come first. With the way the system is so jacked up I saw screw them I gotta take care of mine now.

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    Rasan8250 Reply:

    @Rasan8250, I ment Shame and Say. Sorry about the typo.

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  15. YMCMINAJ

    Who does she think she is? Full of herself much? What an arrogant woman. Everyone pays taxes- NO EXCEPTIONS!!

    Stay out of the limelight, cuz you sure won’t be missed.

    #ITSBARBIEBIATCH

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  18. Hugh

    $1.8m is not bad for 3 years underground!

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    I love Lauryn Hill.

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  25. Jerryfala

    Man, the American system is so tricky if you ask me, you file your own taxes!!! It must be painful to part with all that cash in form of taxes. If they did this in Kenya, then everybody would be arrested for tax evasion. why don’t the IRS just get the cash immediately one is paid like its done here??? Its less painful at least

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  27. bmwmb

    She needs to eat like anybody else Oh yeah and pay those taxes off I would come back to. they are not playing with all celebrities anymore

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