Lauryn Hill is facing up to three years in prison for tax evasion. Lauryn is a Grammy Award winning artist who the federal government claims did not pay taxes on 1.5million dollars between 2005 - 2007. Hill was originally charged June 2012 and returns to court for sentencing on November 27th. Lauryn is currently out on $150,000 unsecured bond.
The singer responded to the charges in a post on her Tumblr page, saying she hadn’t paid taxes since she withdrew from society in an effort to guarantee the safety of herself and her family. She went on to describe how she rejected pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.”
Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns! I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival.
According to Ms. Hill's lawyer Nathan Hochman his client plans to pay $818,000.00 for 2005; $222,000.00 for 2006; and $761,000.00 for 2007.