Posted in hiphop | music on June 29, 2012

Lauren Hill at Highline Ballroom, June 2012 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Lauryn Hill

Acclaimed hip-hop artist Lauryn Hill took responsibility for failing to file three years of taxes on income of $1.8 million and pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges today in federal court.
The South Orange native could face up to three years in prison and $75,000 in fines for her offenses and will be sentenced in late November.

Hill's attorney Nathan Hockman said the star had been targeted by the federal government because of her celebrity status.

"There are many people in society who fail to file their taxes on time who only face civil liability," Hockman said. "They chose Ms. Hill in particular because of who she was."

Hill spoke little at her hearing today and stood attentively with her arms crossed in front of her chest when the judge first addressed her. She appeared in a white button-down shirt, blue blazer and long coral skirt.
She did, however, take issue with two statements made by U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp that she discussed in whispers with Hockman at length.

Hill raised her concerns with Hockman when the judge asked her if anyone had forced her to enter a guilty plea either directly or indirectly, and again when the judge ordered her to undergo mental health counseling as directed by pre-trial intervention services.

Through her attorney, Hill asked the judge to clarify what he meant by the words "directly" and "directed."
"Ms. Hill is very particular about language," Hockman said. "Language is very important to Ms. Hill." [NJ.com]

Just when Lauryn was getting her career back on track! Of course Lauryn is nowhere near the first celebrity with tax problems. (Willie Nelson and Little Wayne to name a few.) Good luck Lauryn!

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Comments (27)

"Hill herself penned a rambling apologia earlier this month in which she claimed her failure to file taxes stemmed from being driven "underground" by "the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by."

She went on:

'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.'

Hill says the "danger" she faced was "not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments" by the authorities, who refused to find "an alternative solution.""


haha, this bitch is trying to to get slick and hustle her way out of it. A few years in prison to think about it sounds about right.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 4:09 PM

She's guilty for a lot more than just that. Thinking that she's somehow relevant, for starters, is one.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 4:09 PM

Good, give her a few years in jail. She deserves it for shitting on her fans the past few years.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 4:12 PM

I'm just wondering if she showed up to court on time or did she make the judge wait three hours?

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 4:29 PM

I thought my man Barak was gonna get Eric Holder to take care a dis for her. WTF, Barak?!? It's cool, after the election you can do one a dose Presidential Pardon joints and sistah Lauren will be all well. White man just wanna keep the Black man (and woman) down!

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 4:31 PM

"ACCLAIMED"? AFTER ONE SOLO ALBUM? NO, NOT, NEVER.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 4:43 PM

What a bomb ha?

Posted by Android | June 29, 2012 4:45 PM

Complete agreement in the comments

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 4:47 PM

Friday Zing goes to 4:29. have a drink on me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 5:00 PM

4:29 really nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 6:41 PM

^ how about you drop your panst so magic mike can nail you, bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 6:59 PM

No hummus in the pen yo.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2012 7:37 PM

"Ms. Hill is very particular about language," Hockman said. "Language is very important to Ms. Hill."

Well Lauryn, you and the feds have that in common 'cause apparently they're nuts about phrasing and nomenclature too. If the feds ever get around to dropping an album watch out.

Not that she's not nuts (and not brilliant, which she is), but I still think there's some shady shit going on in the background with her marriage to one of Bob Marley's kids - that family is always squabbling about money.

Posted by MildManneredPervert | June 29, 2012 9:12 PM

Theyre targeting her because of her celebrity status? Fuck off. You owe 1.8 million. That's a large enough sum to warrant the attention of the federal government, you dopey bitch.

I've seen a dumb old Jewish woman get arrested at her own son's wedding, for tax evasion. Yeah, it's all about celebrity...

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2012 10:55 AM

Crack is a hell of a drug

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2012 11:04 AM

Hummus is a hell of a snack.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2012 11:29 AM

Grape Fanta is a hell of a soda.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2012 11:34 AM

10:55 - No horse in this race but according to the articles, she doesn't owe $1.8MM in taxes. She failed to report on $1.8MM in income, so theoretically before she got herself in this mess, her income taxes owed would have been somewhere south of 40% of that amount.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2012 2:42 PM

White devils always bringing the black man down

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2012 7:31 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2012 4:27 AM

"I got minez medical care benefits, why I gotta pay some bullshit tax thing?"
Lauren Hill, overheard in the court hallway

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2012 7:46 AM

I hope her children don't end up starving :/

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2012 4:30 PM

I hope those rough dykes in the clink don't fuck up Lauren's face too bad. Maybe she'll just end up as some queen dyke's bitch and avoid all that other drama.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2012 5:05 PM

I KNEW something was up...I TOLD you all she was a hustler!!!! She needed some quick $$$ to pay her taxes!! Glad I didn't contribute to this! Keeping people waiting...smh...

...but at the same time I feel bad for her :(

...but then again DAMN 6 kids??? when did this happen!?

Posted by frustrated with haters | July 1, 2012 7:54 PM

^

when she got banged by 6 different gangstas. them niggas shit them out like there is no tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2012 10:07 PM

y'all are such funny hipster racists! really, hipster racism is hilarious! i wonder how many of you wore nikes and listened to ODB in your suburban CT homes! LOL!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 3:20 PM

I guess she owes $440,000 to New Jersey also. What a mess. Someone should have told her that she had to pay taxes.

Posted by free tax filing 2011 | January 18, 2013 2:04 PM

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