Lauryn Hill Sentenced To 3 Months In Prison For Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill today (May 6) was sentenced to three months in federal prison for failing to pay taxes on income she received from 2005-07. Hill faced up to three years behind bars after pleading guilty last year to charges that she failed to pay $1.8 million in taxes. However, she came in with a zero-hour payment before this afternoon’s hearing, as the singer’s attorney on Sunday claimed Hill had cobbled together over $900,000 to clear her outstanding debts.

During the sentencing hearing, Hill delivered a typically defiant statement. According to TMZ, she said, “I’m a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me[...] 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.” Hill’s prison term starts July 8, and the Newark judge also handed out an additional three months on house arrest followed by nine months on supervised release.

Just last week, the former member of The Fugees wrote an open letter addressing her tax case, wherein she revealed she had signed a new music deal with Sony. Presumably this was to help pay off her taxes, though her attorney said her recent payment came from “a combination of sources.” Days after Hill’s announcement, she made good on her promise of new music, releasing “Neurotic Society,” her first new track in years.


    Give me a break? You don’t want to pay taxes because your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother was a slave? SMH. Typical attitude.

    • BYE

      Slavery ended in 1865. Her grandmother or great grandmother could have been a slave. Typical lack of historical knowledge.

  • CME

    This is a Saul journey. Picked out to be picked on. Lauryn, like Saul, will do some of her finest writing in jail. It truly will work together for the good.
    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.