Lauryn Hill avoids jail after signing $1million deal with Sony

The singer was facing charges related to tax evasion

Lauryn Hill has reportedly managed to escape a jail sentence after signing a deal worth $1million with Sony.

Last year, the singer pleaded guilty to tax evasion after failing to file tax returns between 2005 and 2007, during which time she earned an estimated $1.8million (£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.

According to AllHipHop, Hill has been given until May 6 to pay off some of the bill, and has just signed a $1 million with Sony, which will help her pay off her debts and avoid jail. As part of the deal, she will write five new songs and will also be given extra funds to record a new studio album.

Previously, Hill had spoken about the controversy in a rambling, 1,300-word statement on her Tumblr. 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 1998 solo debut, ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’, won five Grammy Awards and sold an estimated 15 million copies worldwide.