Update : Today Lauryn Hill will learn her fate after pleading guilty to charges of tax evasion. The former Fugee is expected to appear in court in Newark, New Jersey today to be sentenced for the offenses. Last June, Lauryn pled guilty to three counts of failure to file tax returns from 2005 to 2007. During that time Lauryn reportedly made one-point-eight million dollars. The singer could face three years in prison as well as thousands of dollars in fines for the charges.
Meanwhile, Lauryn is also facing other financial woes. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Lauryn’s landlord has filed legal papers asking for her eviction from a South Orange, New Jersey home she’s been renting. Apparently, the singer stopped paying rent on the place last month and now the owner wants her out.
Lauryn Hill claims she stiffed Uncle Sam on a massive tax bill for the same reason she fell off the map after the ’90s — scary threats to her and her family.
Lauryn filed legal documents asking for mercy before her sentencing, claiming there was a good reason she failed to file tax returns for 2005, ’06 and ’07. TMZ reports she earned more than $1.8 million.
According to docs … Lauryn stopped paying taxes “when she withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family.”
She’s not specific about the threats — but it’s a new explanation for her mysterious disappearance from the music scene after her rise to fame in the ’90s.
Lauryn previously claimed she went underground to get back in touch with her musical roots.
Lauryn’s asking the court to consider a bunch of other factors before her sentencing — including her claim that she can pay off the debt much faster if she’s not behind bars.
Lauryn is begging for probation.