Lauryn Hill Asks For Leniency In Tax Case, Faces Prison And Fines

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Lauryn Hill is facing a possible prison sentence on Monday (April 22) for failing to file taxes on income of $1.8 million. But she is asking the judge to consider her past before making a judgement on her future.

On Monday (April 15) TMZ reported that Hill was asking for mercy from the court because of, among other factors, terrifying threats she faced that kept her from paying her tax bill. But Hill’s attorney said the report unfairly represented his clients position.

“We’re not asking for leniency over ‘terrifiying threats,'” Hill’s attorney Nathan J. Hochman told “At sentencing, we will be seeking lenience from the judge based on who Ms. Hill is,  what she has done positively in the past, what she does in the present, and what we hope she will be doing in the future. She is fully committed to paying back all her tax obligations going forward.”

In June of 2011, Lauryn Hill released a rambling statement that addressed her failure to pay her taxes, which involved the “military industrial complex” and the need for her and her family to retreat from a “climate of hostility.”

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground,” she wrote. “…There were no exotic trips, no fleet of cars, just an all out war for safety, integrity, wholeness and health, without mistreatment denial, and/or exploitation,” she wrote. “I used my resources to sustain our safety and survival until I was able to restore my ability to earn outside of it!”

Ms. Hill failed to file on income of 1.8 million for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007. The artist is listed as owning four corporations: Creations Music, Inc., Boogie Tours, Inc., L.H. Productions 2001 Inc. and Studio 22 Inc.

She now faces up to one year in prison and $100,000 fine for each count. She is scheduled to appear before a judge for sentencing on Monday (April 22). Stay tuned for updates after sentencing.

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