Lauryn Hill Sentenced to 3 Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1.8 million in earnings.

The 37-year-old Fugees frontwoman appeared in a Newark courtroom on Monday where a judge handed down her sentencing. In addition to three months behind bars, she faces three additional months of home confinement followed by nine months of supervised release.

During a statement to the judge, Ms. Hill explained that it was always her intent to pay the taxes, but she was unable to during her hiatus from the music business.

“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,” she told the judge.

“I was put into a system I didn’t know the nature of. … I’m a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me,” she continued. “I sold 50 million units … now I’m up here paying a tax debt. If that’s not likened to slavery, I don’t know what is.”

Before the sentencing, her attorney said that she had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities. She signed a new deal with Sony to help pay off some of the debt.

Over the weekend, she released a new song, “Neurotic Society,” the first release from her new label venture, Obverse Creation Music/Sony ATV.

She has until July 8 to report to prison.



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37 Comments

  1. jake

    lil kim is next

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    Wow Reply:

    @jake, ;(

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    QueenBeyonce Reply:

    @jake, No she not she paid her shit have a seat this is about Miss L leave Kim out of this but 1st tell me how ya check look?

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  2. mon88

    WTF? all this over a non violent crime? Something in the milk ain’t clean paying taxes to the IRS is illegal anyway look it up

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    Wow Reply:

    @mon88, you are a fool! We’re all paying taxes why should she be exempt? We’re all contributing to keep this economy afloat, she needs to do her part as well. Taxes pay for school, medical services, after school programs, etc. we all need to pay them and so does she.

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    Rasan8250 Reply:

    @Wow,Mon88 is right paying taxes on income is illegal. The supreme count ruled on this years ago in the 18 or early 1900′s when a taxpayer challenged the tax system. The only thing that technically you are suppose to pay taxes on is property. Besides she paid and as mismanaged as our tax dollars are I believe that the IRS should be audited. Schools are actually at least in Illinois were supposed to be paid for in part by the lottery system and they don’t even do that. The about to close at least 30 schools all in black and latino neighborhoods. She did not kill anyone, harm anyone but deserves to do time? Really!!! This country is a joke.

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    Rasan8250 Reply:

    @Wow, Actually Mon88 is right “The authority of the federal government to collect its income tax depends upon the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the federal income tax amendment, which was allegedly ratified in 1913.” plus the system has to be uniform and it is anything but! Besides she paid what she was suppose to and they still sent her to jail. She did not kill, hurt children, sell drugs rob, she did not pay taxes on money that her money. This is a b.s. system when you go fortune 500 companies that find every loop hole so that they can little to nothing in a b.s. system. Hell the IRS threaten to garnish my wages over $269.82, and from what I have heard they charge you a minimum of $100 for a payment plain plus your interest changes up once you set up the plain. Besides look a this country & then look at your own community and tell me are you tax dollars well spent.

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  3. Mrunhateable

    Damn, never thought I’d ever read “lauryn hill sentenced to 3 months in prison”. Yikes, pay them taxes y’all!!

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  4. wonderland19

    Finally. Celebrities get away with too much.

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    Sokleva Reply:

    @wonderland19, what u mean finally, wesley snipes was in for 3 years

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  5. dfvgbhnm

    Well at least she always looks fly when she stepping out the court room. #Shrugs

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  6. MaZ

    I pray for her. Hope she won’t finish like MJ or Whitney. First they dirt your name and then they kill you. So she could sell more dead than alive.

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    richard Reply:

    @MaZ, conspiracy theorist. Lol

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    MaZ Reply:

    @richard, No need to be a conspiracy theorist to see the obvious. ;)

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    Mkhululi Reply:

    @MaZ, bhwaaaaaa – true that.

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  7. L-Boogie

    everyone has to pay taxes. why should she get away with it? no reason to feel sorry for her.

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    Wow Reply:

    @L-Boogie, my point exactly. There’s no conspiracy involved. Just pay your taxes woman.

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  9. KOS-MOS-18

    Those 3 months will fly by, could’ve been worse

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  10. jay

    she look like diggy lol

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  11. .,

    Next album title:

    “The Miseducation of US Law”

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  12. Terry

    why aren’t we putting mitt romney, google’s owners, and all the other white CEO men in prison for tax evasion? She shouldn’t be serving one F-in day.

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    HabaneroDro Reply:

    @Terry, Yep. In Canada 3 billion dollars just vanished from our ruling parties hands. That’s Ms. Lauryn Hills earnings, 1.8 mil X 1666

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  13. Sam Lewis

    You hear that guys.. 50 million units sold and she up their with a tax debt.. So if you think the way to success and riches is going into the music business, think again! Be smart, stay in school and read the bloody contract coz Uncle Sam is still earning off your back.

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  14. NΛVI

    As much as I love Lauryn I have to admit she was in the wrong and she had it coming. She thinks she’s above the “system” and now she’s paying the consequences. I hope you youngsters take note and pay y’all taxes like every other man and woman who walks this country whenever it’s due. Why must she refuse to pay her taxes and my parents must bust their necks to pay theirs?! That’s how I look at it.

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  15. Jay-Me

    Sad but it isn’t like she could barely afford to survive and didn’t pay her taxes. I feel for her kids really.

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  16. What?

    Lindsay Lohan is running people over in the streets and they decide to put Lauryn Hill in jail over something that’s been paid. They do know it’s going to cost money to keep her locked up, right?

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  17. Tamar

    I wish they would leave her alone, honestly. I don’t think she deserves this.

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  18. OVODRAKE

    this some bullshit the gov. love to harass black peoplw when they dont pay taxes , but never slander the white people that havent paid yet

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    Robert Reply:

    @OVODRAKE, Welcome to America. That is what this grand ol’ country was built on.

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  19. AJ

    Shouldn’t you take the money you are due to pay on tax out of your earnings before you spend it on nice clothes, houses, cars etc?

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  20. bibi93

    sad…

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  21. eatmymusic

    Lauryn give God the praise and write a gospel album. It’s already in you. Only what you do for Christ will last. You will receive a greater reward if you would allow Him to inspire music that would lead His people to salvation. In the secular realm you can only stimulate their brains, but with Him you can touch their hearts that their soul may be saved. God Blessed and Keep you. Remember He is your very present help in a time of trouble.

    Psalm 66:8-12
    10 For you, God, tested us;.
    you refined us like silver.
    11 You brought us into prison.
    and laid burdens on our backs.
    12 You let people ride over our heads;.
    we went through fire and water,
    but you brought us to a place of abundance.
    Lauryn Only Believe.

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  22. eatmymusic

    where is katts and dave when u need them>..///

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  23. Mkhululi

    I get that Lauryn is in the wrong,however, the Gov is out to humiliate her. Firstly, they said she is insane, child molester etc…obviously they are out to “tarnish her image/credibility” just like what they did to M.J…Lauryn Hill is the truth and people like me will forever be grateful for her art and her non-gimmick and intelligent music…listen to Selah or/and Social drugs – to know what I’m talking about!!!

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    eatmymusic Reply:

    @Mkhululi, Exactly Social drugs deal with having been addicted to a lie and drink to forget all the social ills politics, church etc. It is the truth though. Lauryn express this scenario beautifully.

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  24. MIKE32

    Several white celebrities have been convicted for tax evasion:willie nelson, Dottie West, Heidi Fleiss, Richard Hatcher(survivor series), Nicholas Cage, Martha Stewart. If i have to pay, so should Ms.Hill. She probably supported Obama’s ‘tax the rich’ so pay up.

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