Method Man pleads guilty to tax-evasion charge

Wu-Tang Clan man and 'The Wire' actor pays $40,000 (£26,500) fine on the spot

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Method Man has pleaded guilty to a tax-evasion charge at a court in New York.

The Wu Tang Clan rapper, real name Clifford Smith, wrote a cheque on the spot for a final payment of $40,000 (£26,500).

He was arrested on October 9 for failing to pay state and personal income taxes between 2004 and 2007, amounting to around $106,000 (£70,000).

He was sentenced to a conditional discharge, which means the arrest will be wiped from his record if he stays out of trouble, reports BBC News.

Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan called tax evasion "a crime against all New Yorkers," adding, "Whether you are a celebrity or an average Joe, you will be investigated, arrested and prosecuted."

Along with being a member of the Wu Tang Clan and a solo artist, Method Man has also pursued a career in acting, most notably as Calvin 'Cheese' Wagstaff in The Wire.

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