Lauryn Hill is scheduled to appear in court today to address allegations of tax evasion. The former Fugees singer was recently written up for allegedly failing to file income tax returns in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Hill reportedly took in more than one-point-six-million-dollars in income during the three years she allegedly didn’t pay her taxes. Earlier this month the Grammy winner took to her blog to say she had gone “underground” to protect her family during those years.
She also said, among other things, that she has purposely kept a low profile in an attempt to live without “being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.” Hill could face one year in prison and a 100-thousand-dollar fine if convicted on the tax evasion charge.
Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years.
Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, Hill admitted failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 2007. She faces a maximum one-year sentence on each of the three counts. She was charged three weeks ago.Â Dressed in a dark jacket, white button-up shirt and a long reddish-orange skirt, Hill declined to comment after Friday’s hearing. During the hearing, attorney Nathan Hochman indicated that Hill planned to pay back the taxes she owes.
U.S. Magistrate Michael Shipp initially scheduled sentencing for early October but agreed to delay it until late November to give Hill time to make repayment.Â Hill admitted she didn’t pay taxes on about $818,000 earned in 2005, $222,000 in 2006 and $761,000 in 2007. The money was earned by four corporations she owned.
She then largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of famed reggae singer Bob Marley.
After the charges were brought, Hill posted a long statement on her Tumblr page that decried pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.” She explained that she hasn’t paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee the safety and well-being of herself and her family.Â Hill hinted Friday that she might expand on those comments at her sentencing. When Shipp asked her if anyone had directly or indirectly influenced her decision to plead guilty, she replied, “Indirectly, I’ve been advised my ability to speak out directly is for another time, at sentencing.”