Lauryn Hill Puts Off Prison, Signs Million-Dollar Deal with Sony

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill was scheduled to be sentenced for tax evasion today, but her case has been delayed for two weeks. She appeared in a Newark courtroom, where it was revealed that she has signed a lucrative deal with Sony.

The former Fugees frontwoman is facing prison after pleading guilty to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007. She appeared before a federal judge, who postponed her sentencing to May 6 and scolded the Grammy winner for not making progress on the debt.

“This is not someone who stands before the court penniless,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo told Hill’s attorney, Nathan Hochman. “This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes.”

According to TMZ, Hill’s attorney revealed that the singer recently signed a million-dollar recording contract with her former label Sony and was planning to take out a $650,000 loan to pay off the $968,000 tax bill.

“I fully expect that by May 3 Ms. Hill will be able to pay back all the restitution she has,” Hochman told the judge.

Hill faces several years in prison, but her attorney is seeking probation for the mother of six.

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Ms. Lauryn Hill



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44 Comments

  1. zee zee

    i guess now she gotta put an album out every 3 months huh

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    spini Reply:

    @zee zee, If you think Jeffrey`s story is super,, 3 weaks-ago my uncle’s neighbour brought home $5136 grafting fourty hours a month from there apartment and they’re friend’s step-sister`s neighbour did this for three months and easily made more than $5136 part time on- line. the guide at this address… kep2.com

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  2. justactingup

    GIRL you know you betta…PAY UP

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    Wow Reply:

    @justactingup, lawd lmao too shady!

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    Triniti Reply:

    @justactingup, I’m crying!!

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  3. channelPink

    SMH at this woman

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  4. Shutterbug

    Anybody else notice all these urban artists got in tax trouble AFTER January 20, 2009? And it’s gonna continue until January 20, 2017.

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    Good Stuff Reply:

    @Shutterbug, So it’s Obama fault ?

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    hard times Reply:

    @Good Stuff, Not Obama Fault They Should Pay There Taxes Like Every Other Hard Working People Do In America….

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    GFM2013 Reply:

    @hard times, you write with such impeccable grammar!

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    Ewan Reply:

    @Shutterbug, You tried, man. Pathetic.

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    Walking Reply:

    @Shutterbug,

    Warning: Tea Party conspiracy stupidity.

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    GeorgeNereida Reply:

    @Shutterbug, You are lying. Her tax troubles started in 2005. Did you not read the story? Or are you just trying to show your racism by starting a stupid rumor about black artists? Of course, any one with a brain know it has nothing to do with a President. You are a moron.

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  5. Illuminati

    I guess she gave in tothe powers that be…Mother of 6 though?

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  6. Yas

    Yas, my bitch bettuh come for that R&B crown.

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  7. freshed

    god bless her. i know ive said a prayer for her within the last few from what ive been reading bout her recently.

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    Rowan Reply:

    @freshed, Why? Because she thinks she is ABOVE the law and us? Why do WE have to pay our taxes???

    Keep your ‘prayers’ for the poor, needy, the abused and the terminally ill.

    SMDH.

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  8. The Shaded Truth

    Chile that bag alone can probably cover over 10%… Girl pay those people! You ain’t broke.

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  9. Savt1st

    Dead at the judges comment actions speak louder than words cause we all know the prolific lauryn hill can talk a good game of bullshit. And make it sound like cavier

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  10. OVODRAKE

    I don’t care who she signs too as long she get back in the studio and make music. and have anyone else notice how when black folks dont pay taxes the media blast them have they face all over the news. but when white people dont pay hardily anybody care

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    Andy Reply:

    @OVODRAKE, I guess because white people pay their taxes? I dunno, I’m not from USA :p

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    Rowan Reply:

    @OVODRAKE, That’s a lie. And it’s not ‘Black People’. It’s entitled assholey black entertainers who think they are above the law.

    Arrogant asshats. Serves them right.

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  11. Karen

    If they’re going after her, then they need to go after all the other celebrities who owe taxes and anyone else also. If she can pay then she should. If not, she better be making some arrangements like everyone else. I don’t know her music but have heard about it. I hope she makes a huge comeback and gets this all taken care of.

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  12. iAmJamesAl

    They really are trying to make Lauryn a prisoner to the industry… I’m not saying she is innocent, but Sony is the DEVIL!!!

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  14. Nolan

    I wouldn’t be surprised if she still disregard efforts to pay. Her personality is never to compromise for anyone else’s sake against what she believes. What seems ridiculous to most she seems to delight in proving her point. I love her regardless; this comeback will be epic!

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  15. BEDSTUYFLY

    GOD BLESS YOU MS HILL.

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  16. Jay-Me

    Well she sure don’t look penniless either. Good news that she’s getting back to business even if it is only to pay off her taxes. Looking forward to the music.

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  17. Sharlyn

    God bless this woman. I love her. I want a new album though.

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  18. Frankie

    Lauryn couldn’t get an edge up, though?

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  19. Righteous

    Stuck in an elevator with Lauren Hill and Erykah Badu…..can you imagine!

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    Rowan Reply:

    @Righteous, LMAO how would you fit in?? Would there be space with all that EGO???!!

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  20. 2shay

    after reading her reasons for not paying, it seemed like, to me, that she was describing the supposed “illuminati”. I hope that when she does come out she is able to make the music that she wants and they don’t change her style.

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  21. pinksdainty35

    she don’t look like the beautiful girl any more, she looks shabby and mash up, is well in the head?

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  24. Darrell Clarke

    She raisin six kids how u expect her to look. cant wait to hear the music. that girl can sing her ,,,…off

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  25. Conspiracy Jerry

    Looks like the machine has finally gotten Ms Hill. I feel for you and fear for you and your family. Be cautious Ms Hill as we know what the Illuminate can do to you. Peace be with you.

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  26. Arminta

    I love Lauryn Hill I believe she should only be given probation. The court must take in consideration she has children. Pay the fine but no jail.The babies need their mother.

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  27. 1mzc

    @zeezee
    Why so people like the IRS take the rest of her and kids money that she works hard for smh! Wow!

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  28. whocares

    I have lost all respect for Lauryn Hill over the years. She’s just a hypocrite, home wrecker. All of her babies are with other married men. There’s nothing to respect about that. She gave us one good thing and then left us hanging and the only reason she’s coming back is to take more money out of our pockets. I don’t think so. Your ship has sailed. Pathetic.

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  29. GFM2013

    Throw the book at her, maximum sentence. If not for the tax evasion charges, at least for all the really crappy music she has foisted on the public over the years…

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  30. rpk72

    stfu and pay up, stop making it about everything else..she didnt pay..she will. The End!

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  31. youseff robinson

    if they[celebrites/music artists]would take care of their responcilbilties,they wouldnt have these problems to worry about…smh!

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