She’s been on the big screen and attended luxe events like the Grammys, but now Lauryn Hill is making her way to an unfamiliar place — jail.The 37-year-old "Killing Me Softly" songstress star was sentenced to prison for three months followed by an additional three months of home confinement (house arrest) after failing to pay her taxes on about one million dollars in earnings.
The Grammy award-winning singer went off the map after a career in the spotlight in order to raise her six children. Yesterday, she told a New Jersey court that she had every intention of paying the taxes, but struggled to do so when she dropped out of the industry.
"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," she said in a statement. Before the sentencing, Lauryn’s lawyer said that the singer had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.
Lauryn began her career in the early ‘90’s as a singer for the Fugees before launching a successful solo career with her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. That record won her five Grammy awards in 1999, including Album of the Year.She also found some success in film, starring alongside Whoopi Goldberg in 1993’s Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.
During her hiatus from the entertainment industry, the mother was making money through music and film royalties, which she expected to keep her head above water financially.
Lauryn’s second album, The Return, is due to come out later this year — if her unexpected trip to jail doesn’t postpone it.
She's one of many stars who've landed themselves in hot water for tax evasion. Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage, Martha Stewart — among others — have also faced similar situations.
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