It has been reported that Hip-Hop artist Lauryn Hill, 37, has been sentenced to 3 months in jail for failure to pay outstanding tax bills, on earnings of up to $1 million dollars (£640,000). The singer must report to prison on July 8 2013 to begin serving the sentence. Upon her release the Grammy Award winning star will also have to spend an additional 3 months in home confinement.
Hill told a court in the US state of New Jersey that 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.
“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 in a statement, without explaining what exactly triggered her actions. Before the sentencing, Hill’s lawyer said that the singer had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.
Hill has disappeared from the public eye to raise her 6 children (five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of Bob Marley). However, she has earned money largely from music and film royalties. Hill also runs four different companies and has been recording a second studio album, “The Return”, which is due for release later in 2013.
In April 2013 Hill signed a deal with Sony and yesterday released a new song as a part of that deal, “Neurotic Society”
Hill started her career with Grammy-award winning hip-hop group Fugees alongside Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel.
She released her acclaimed solo debut album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”, in 1998. It won five Grammy awards and sold more than 19 million copies worldwide.