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Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.

Hill, a 37-year-old South Orange resident, pleaded guilty last year in the case.

During a forceful statement to the judge Monday, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business, echoing a defense she wrote last year in a long post online.

“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,” Hill said Monday, without explaining what exactly triggered her actions.

Before the sentencing, her attorney had said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.

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Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.

It’s not clear when or where she’d report to prison.

Hill got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

She then largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of reggae singer Bob Marley.

At the time of her arrest last year, Hill wrote a criticism rejecting 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,” Hill wrote. “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.”

She also said she hadn’t paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee her family’s safety but that she always intended to rectify the situation.


  • Dwrl says:

    Damn feh a gal only two years older than me , how she look old and washed up so??

  • Dwrl says:

    Damn 6 pickney, they should excuse her that’s a lot of mouths to feed

  • LUNDUN says:

    dwrl, shes been going through alot, so i will pardon her appearance. i just wish her the best because she is trying to fight a powerful establishment, and its taking its toll on her.

    hold ya head up lauryn

  • Smh! says:

    Den who a guh mind the Pitney dem? Especially the likkle one. How har Pitney dem rich uncles couldn’t step in and help her in the past in her time of forgetfulness and pay the tax dem on her behalf…black and wealthy ppl pay Uncle Sam unno hear

  • Dwrl says:

    @smh! You know it slipped me to asked that, that’s a lot of loads for one person to tek up. The daddy dem ago step in or what??

    Yes she facing a lot but she look terrible for a young gal, I wish her the best god give no one more than they can bare

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  • anonymous says:

    Yet Lindsay Lohan gets rehab!!!!!! And is still floating around…. they can show a white woman with no kids mercy but not a black woman with six kids.

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  • Cc says:

    Bwoy mi luv da artis yah bad….rite now mi dont even know wah fi seh…mi keep a hope shi wud meck a comeback, instead a juss one bad news after anodda wid har…mi nuh know rasta smfh.

  • Real says:

    mi love lauryn hill………but mi nah look caw mi si recent pic wid ar dawta in a chanel and ting and it look like shi do a little travelling before dem lock ar up …so shi good ….shi mussi have somadi inna prison weh shi wah gi a page ……..

  • Anonymous says:

    oh god me sorry fe har

  • Brownberry says:

    I am going to take a different side to this, when you are a Professional such as an artist, author, actor/actress etc; you can’t just a do your thing and not have a clue where the money is going. You need to have a head on your shoulders and know that taxes need to be filed, when money go out receipts must show as backup etc. Sometimes you just can’t be naive in business and say my “people (assistants) will take care of it” because people will suck everything out of you and you’re the only one IRS is holding responsible to do the time. Hope she’s more careful the next time around.

    I am in NO WAY blaming Lauryn for this mishap, I am just saying we have to keep our eyes on the money and know what’s happening with it. What is going out and what is coming in.

  • Dwrl says:

    Linsey get rehab because she’s a damn drunk, big difference than robbing the federal government. I’m sure Lindsey taxes pay . You can’t compare them two totally different cases, 3 months ANNO nutten she could have avoided that by paying her damn taxes. A so black people tan like to take take take and no give back

  • Anonymous says:

    she made a deal with sony to pay her taxes

  • ... says:

    Unfortunate she didn’t come up with all the cash in time BUT it is the better outcome of what could have happened. I do hope she use the time to get back to the authentic Lauryn & mek wi fall in love & break up & mek up to har song dem. Also I hope this time she takes a more hands on approach in her business & not be so stubborn when people that love her attemt to guide her.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ive always admire this girl
    Hope she will keep strong
    Hope she will get over this
    Lifes journey is so foggy smh
    It is si sad that when she hits bottom no one was there
    Keep your hear up lauren
    Keep your head up

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Mi seh, all me know, me aguh get LBoogey letter weh shi write to dem seh shi a di product of former slaves fi defend y har taxes naw pay, an mi aguh adjust it fi suit miself an sen it to Inland Revenue cuz mi property tax gone up more dan 3x di regylar amount an it lick mi very hawd. Mi a sen it now b4 police come haul an pull mi.

  • COOKIE says:

    do people get joy from others pain
    Miss Lauryn Hill will do what she has to do LOVE YOU MY SISTER

  • GODBLESS says:

    thank you! cookie an they don’t even know what she’s going true pray for her that’s the best we can do.

  • Sensational says:

    What shame for lauryn, she should not be going to prison at all. She ha 2 baby baby daddies. Six kids with 2 different men. Rohan Marley is sack of shit. You let the mother of your children owe money for taxes, you do not keep her out of prison. You let her struggle to raise 970,000 to pay the Irs. Women take heed with some of these men, especially these yardie singers. All they do is lay. Keep having a bunch of kids out of wedlock , not caring about the kids or the baby mama’s. Rohan Marley is a useless bastard. LAUREL HILL get your life together after this, do not have anymore children. Your hands is full with 6.

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