Lauryn Hill pleads guilty to tax evasion charges
The Fugees singer admitted she did not pay her taxes for three years, but her lawyer claims the government is just out to get her.
She had said because she had removed herself from society she hadn’t paid her taxes, even though she had made $1.8 million in that time.
“My intention has always been to get this situation rectified,” Hill said at the time of the incident. “When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes.”
But apparently that is not enough. According to NJ.com, today she pleaded guilty in federal court to the crime.
Hill’s lawyer Nathan Hockman said the government would not be prosecuting the case if she was anyone else.
"There are many people in society who fail to file their taxes on time who only face civil liability," said Hockman. "They chose Ms. Hill in particular because of who she was."
However, despite what Hill said earlier this month, Hockman said she planned to pay back her taxes in the future.
Hill got a surprise a couple minutes later though when the judge ordered her to undergo mental health counseling relating to the charge.
“Wearing a white button-down shirt, blue blazer and long, coral skirt, Hill spoke sparingly at today’s hearing in federal court in Newark,” said NJ.com. “Hill appeared startled when Shipp ordered her to undergo mental health counseling as directed by pre-trial intervention services.”
The judge did not clarify any further what he meant by that and Hill looked confused.
Hill seems to be far from the person that wrote the Tumblr message in early June.
“I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes,” she said. “But it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind and therefore my health and integrity.”
A guilty plea could come with up to a $75,000 fine and three years in prison. Hill will find out when she is sentenced in November.