Lauryn Hill pleads guilty to tax evasion

Singer's sentencing delayed so she can pay back cash she owes

Lauryn Hill pleads guilty to tax evasion

Photo: PA Photos

Lauryn Hill has pleaded guilty to tax evasion, according to reports.

The Associated Press says that although the singer did not speak at the scheduled court appearance in Newark, New Jersey yesterday (June 29), her legal representative Nathan Hochman entered a guilty plea on her behalf.

US Magistrate Michael Shipp agreed to delay the sentencing from October to late November in order to give Hill enough time to pay back the taxes she owes. The singer is accused of three charges of evading tax payments from 2005 – 2007, a three-year period in which she earned an estimated $1.8 million (£1.2 million) from music and film royalties. Each count holds a maximum penalty of one year in jail as well as a $100,000 (£64,000) fine.

Previously, Hill had spoken about the controversy in a rambling, 1,300 word statement on her Tumblr page. She explained that she "left a more mainstream and public life" during the period to remove herself "from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it".

The singer went on to claim that she had placed the "safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns" and revealed that she had "conveyed all of this when questioned as to why I did not file taxes during this time period".

The former Fugees star also insisted: "My intention has always been to get this situation rectified."

Hill, 37, played her first UK show in over five years at London's IndigO2 in April. Her long-awaited second album, 'The Return', is expected later this year, though no release date has been set. The singer's 1998 solo debut, 'The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill', won five Grammy Awards and sold an estimated 15 million copies worldwide.

Read More On This Artist

More News
St Vincent hosts radio show for BBC 6 Music's 'Three Wise Women' Christmas...
The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel: 'I didn't like the way Mark Kozelek criticised...
Avril Lavigne denies rumours that she's in rehab
Prince shares lyric video for 'ANOTHERLOVE' - watch
Arctic Monkeys share short documentary film to mark end of 'AM' world tour
Wale and A-Trak release new Seinfeld-themed 'Festivus' mixtape
Madonna asks fans not to listen to her leaked album tracks
Bryan Ferry's son Merlin injured in car crash
One Direction sing 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots - watch
Footage emerges of a young Björk telling the nativity story - watch
Kanye West impersonator turns 'Yeezus' into a Christmas album - listen
$39 million settlement reached for 2011 Sugarland stage collapse which killed seven
Darkside's Dave Harrington joined by Antlers' frontman for Joni Mitchell cover - listen
Justin Timberlake joined onstage by country singer Garth Brooks - watch
The National make Christmas cameo in 'Bob's Burgers' - watch
Slipknot share video for 'The Devil In I', filmed live at Knotfest
Joey Bada$$ shares new song 'Curry Chicken' – listen
Pusha T says his new album will be 'smacking people left and right' when it is released...
Future Islands' Samuel T Herring reveals he was hurt by reaction to his Letterman performance
Mark Ronson reveals 'Daffodils' collaboration with Tame Impala's Kevin Parker –...
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters attacks 'institutionalised brutality' of Guantanamo Bay
Tom DeLonge: 'Blink-182 don't have anything to prove'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM