Lauryn Hill Heads to Jail For Failing to Pay Taxes

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  • NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.

    Hill, a 37-year-old South Orange resident, pleaded guilty last year in the case.

    During a forceful statement to the judge Monday, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business, echoing a defense she wrote last year in a long post online.

    “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,” Hill said Monday, without explaining what exactly triggered her actions.

    Before the sentencing, her attorney had said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.

    Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.

    It’s not clear when or where she’d report to prison.

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