Just when it seemed Lauryn Hill would swerve on Uncle Sam by cutting a deal with Sony to launch her new record label, she gets sentenced to prison.
The soul singer was given a three-month prison sentence Monday (May 6) in Jersey after pleading guilty to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. She faced up to a year in prison on each of three tax evasion counts while her attorney sought probation.
Last month, Hill cited “threats” in society that kept her from cashing out. She reportedly dropped $970,000 to repay her debt and tried to plea with the judge.
“I was put into a system I didn’t know the nature of…I’m a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me,” Hill said, according to TMZ. “I sold 50 million units … now I’m up here paying a tax debt. If that’s not likened to slavery, I don’t know what is.”
The Grammy award-winning singer released a new single “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” over the weekend to make her legal deadline. “Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline,” she wrote on her Tumblr. “I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music.”
Hill is to report to prison July 8.