Lauryn Hill Pays Her Taxes, Sentenced to 3 Months in Prison

Lauryn Hill pays her taxes to avoid prison

Troubled singer Lauryn Hill paid her overdue tax bill today, but that didn’t save her from doing a time in the federal pen.

USA Today reports that Hill was sentenced to 3 months in prison for failing to pay $1 million in overdue taxes.

Prior to the hearing, Hill’s attorney, Nathan Hochman, said in an email to TIME magazine Monday that Hill paid $970,000 to satisfy state and federal back taxes. Hill, but apparently that wasn’t enough for the judge.

Hill was also sentenced to an additional 3 months of home confinement to be served after she is released from prison.

Hill, of South Orange, New Jersey, pleaded guilty last year to evading taxes on $1.8 million income earned from 2005-2007.

In a statement to the judge, Hill said she planned to eventually pay her taxes but she was unable to pay during her self-imposed hiatus from show business.

“I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them,” Hill told U.S. Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo. “I had an economic system imposed on me.”

Hill, a follower of ganja smoking Rastafari, has 5 children ranging in age from 5 to 15 with Rohan Marley, the son of late reggae legend Bob Marley. She also has a 22-month-old son by another man.

In a Facebook post, Hill announced she recently signed a record deal with Sony in order to pay her taxes. Hill’s only album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was released on August 25, 1998. The album received rave reviews from music critics and went on to sell over 10 million copies. ‘Miseducation’ earned Hill eight Grammy awards.

She put off recording a new album in 1998 when she was forced to settle with a group of songwriters who sued her after she neglected to credit them in the liner notes of ‘Miseducation’.

When asked to provide written contracts to the musicians during the recording of the album, Hill reportedly said, “We all love each other. This ain’t about documents. This is blessed.”

Hill had always maintained that she wrote the songs on the album herself.

Let’s see how many years it takes Hill to record a new album for Sony.

Photos: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

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    • MoniquetheGeek

      She also released that MTV Unplugged album. That one was slept on. It was still a good album though.

    • Cubarican

      Hill paid $970,000 to satisfy state and federal back taxes

      ____________________________________________

      Cot-Dayum. :shocked: That’s a lot of money, especially when you haven’t had a hit since the early 80’s.

    • DoNotDeleteMe

      Yay! :cheer:

      Now get back in that studio pronto!

      :whistle:

      “It could all be so simple…
      But you rather make it hard!”

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      :cheer:

    • A.J.

      so an album is forthcoming? no? that her advance with Sony i guess? no?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp6IxvJzZ-k Bedazzled His Razzle

      DNDM- that is my favorite song “Care for me care for me said you’d be there for me!”

      :headphone:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      I just think it’s a story to tell and not to tell the whole story is kind of unfair.
      :rofl:
      ====
      We :love: you L Boogie! :yahoo:
      Just sing the same songs, the same way please. :tea:

    • Just Looking

      :clap: :happy:

      Only should go to jail for heinous crimes.

      :yahoo: JMO get info from dont worry and e-mail me back…

      I NEVER CHECK THAT OTHER email, don’t even rememer the password

    • Milky

      I :love: Lauryn. Cant wait for the new album.

    • goat76

      So has she been Certified yet??

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp6IxvJzZ-k Bedazzled His Razzle

      Goat,

      Certified what, crazy? :lol:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gT5U4JOjK8 JMO

      Who is dont worry? :lol:

    • goat76

      Bedazzled His Razzle says:

      Goat,

      Certified what, crazy? :lol:
      ——————————

      You are a WINNER!!!!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      <—is NOT the middle man! :argue:
      #ikidikid
      :pc:

    • MsB2u

      now she needs to put out a bad album

    • OutsidetheBox

      :rofl: I love EVERYBODY who loves those ATT commercials as much as I do.

      They have recently surpassed the Mayhem guy in the Allstate commercials. :heart:

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

      Lauren ain’t gonna record no album. She already dissing them while she takes money from them to keep her crazy azz out the pokey. We’ll get an album from D’Angelo before we see one from her.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      OutsidetheBox says:

      :rofl: I love EVERYBODY who loves those ATT commercials as much as I do.

      Well, I :love: you more! #challenge #iono :rofl:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp6IxvJzZ-k Bedazzled His Razzle

      They have recently surpassed the Mayhem guy in the Allstate commercials.
      ——-
      I like the one where he’s driving the pink escalade :hahaha:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gT5U4JOjK8 JMO

      Is that lady pickin her nose in the pic?? #Nastyhoe

    • Ty

      Cubarican says:

      Hill paid $970,000 to satisfy state and federal back taxes

      ____________________________________________

      Cot-Dayum. That’s a lot of money, especially when you haven’t had a hit since the early 80?s.
      ____________
      And she is still getting paid off those hits and didnt pay her damn taxes.

      *looks for afro pic*

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :box: Bird
      :rofl:
      :hug:

    • OutsidetheBox

      Goodnight everyone! :bye: See if I can get to the leftovers ‘fore my borther (home from college) do.

      Keep telling him he cant store that chit in his gut. :no:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp6IxvJzZ-k Bedazzled His Razzle

      Is Francine supposed to be in tonight’s episode?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Is that a Gucci houndstooth or toothshound?! :lol:

    • GellySammich

      :kiss: luv ya back. g’night.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

      Night night OTB.

    • OutsidetheBox

      I like the one where he’s driving the pink escalade
      _____________

      :rofl: :yes: Watch it i nslow motion on YT :rofl:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp6IxvJzZ-k Bedazzled His Razzle

      :peace:

      I have to go pick up my babeh!

      Y’all he asked me to go get another baby from the store yesterday :dead: From the mouths of babes.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :nite: OTB
      =========
      *files away the recipe for another day* *snickers*

    • Cubarican

      Is that lady pickin her nose in the pic?? #Nastyhoe

      ________________________

      Hmmmmm. It’s def suspect. The ‘picking’ finger it high like she is stratching but that thumb is all by the nose.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :nite: Razzle!

      :waves: Gelly!

    • Ty

      <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers says:

      Is that a Gucci houndstooth or toothshound?!
      ________
      More like Greyhound :coffee:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Cubarican says:

      Is that lady pickin her nose in the pic?? #Nastyhoe

      ________________________

      Hmmmmm. It’s def suspect. The ‘picking’ finger it high like she is stratching but that thumb is all by the nose.

      THIS is why they hate us :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    • Ty

      :peace: OTB

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Oh Ty :lol:

    • Ty

      She is all in it too :hurl:

      Finger coming outta her eye :nono:

    • GellySammich

      :hahaha: she fully analyzed it though. gwon Cuba

    • GellySammich

      heeey now DTTS!

    • libra80sbaby

      I’m fuggin ready to blow this joint :wail:

    • goat76

      OutsidetheBox says:

      :rofl: I love EVERYBODY who loves those ATT commercials as much as I do.

      They have recently surpassed the Mayhem guy in the Allstate commercials.
      ——————-
      Yeah Mayhem is losing steam…. I like the ATT and I like SOME of those DIRECTV better than cable commercials.

    • Bombshell Esq

      libra80sbaby says:

      I’m fuggin ready to blow this joint
      ———————–

      :cosign: Me tew :crying:

    • libra80sbaby

      I been missin everything on SR today. I was forced to be chit at work today :no:

    • MsB2u

      libra80sbaby says:

      I’m fuggin ready to blow this joint :wail:
      ———————
      me tooooooooooo

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      GellySammich says:

      :hahaha: she fully analyzed it though. gwon Cuba

      IKR! It’s like “We said it! And that’s what it is!”

      :lol: :lol:

    • AlluringlySweet

      She has already released an unfinished single. Its called Neurotic some or ‘nother….can’t remember. :shrug: saw it on another blog

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :smoke: #gettingherpostnumbersUP

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :listen: When it hurts soooooooooo bad, why’s it feel so gooood :love:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :violin:

    • Just Looking

      Send the d$%& THANG AND STOP YAPPING

      ikid ikid :nanana:

    • ReadingIsFundamental

      DTTS,…. you in here having a one person party?

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      libra80sbaby says:

      I been missin everything on SR today. I was forced to be chit at work today
      _______________

      Who do you want me to complain to to tell them stop overworking you?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      I was RIF :yes: :rofl:
      ===============
      Ummmmmm, I did it already :babydoeyes:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      *cues Milli Vanilli*
      :whistle:
      I’m in love withchew girllll
      I’m in love withchew girllll

      :2dance:

    • libra80sbaby

      Sandra Rose says:

      Who do you want me to complain to to tell them stop overworking you?
      ——————————
      You need an executive assistant Sandra? :lol:

    • Bombshell Esq

      Sandra Rose says:

      libra80sbaby says:

      I been missin everything on SR today. I was forced to be chit at work today
      _______________

      Who do you want me to complain to to tell them stop overworking you?

      ———————————-

      Since you’re taking requests Aunty can you send a strongly worded letter my way for my boss…. :crying:

    • ReadingIsFundamental

      Sandra! This Friday is my last day at this job…. how do I keep my login but use my new job email? (they gonna fire me on day one cause the first thing i’m doing is securing my SR login!)

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      sloane stephens,

      Shut your trap and show some respect!

      :tea:
      ———————-

      Esq, what’d you end up feasting on? :waiting:

    • Bombshell Esq

      @ DTTS Oven roasted chicken sandwich from Subway…

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Esq,
      That’s funny, because I got ‘new oven roasted’ from Browns, my first time tasting it. It was good :yes:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      RIF, can’t you just log in like always?! :huh:

    • Bombshell Esq

      Great minds…. :yes: It was good!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :newpost:

    • ReadingIsFundamental

      DTTS, but, I don’t want any SR mail for resetting my profile or login info to go to the wrong email address..

    • KSabrena

      She paid and they still gave her jail time? :thinking:

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      KSabrena says:

      She paid and they still gave her jail time?
      ______________

      The government loves to make an example out of celebrities who don’t pay their taxes on those millions earned. :tea:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_gGqaUA78I datsmdubya2u

      Sending her to jail will do nothing for her mental health..she gone be defcon 5 cray cray when she gets out.

    • Who Dat

      Karma is a fat bish aint she???

      Made money off of other peepah songs….. and then didnt pay the tax on said income?

      :coffee:

    • scorpio

      :rofl:

      @
      datsmdubya2u says:

      Sending her to jail will do nothing for her mental health..she gone be defcon 5 cray cray when she gets out.
      ———————————————————————–

      Inspiration for new material may come from this, but that is a funny as hell comment. Like, is it even possible for her to get more crazy?

    • CheBell

      Apparently She has a new song out available on iTunes. According to a message she sent, she said Sony is rushing the music.

    • Fated4Greatness

      MoniquetheGeek says:

      She also released that MTV Unplugged album. That one was slept on. It was still a good album though
      ——

      yes it is! I just want you around and Mr Intentional are my faves