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Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty, Faces Jail Sentence

Lauryn Hill onstage

Earlier this month, we reported that Lauryn Hill was charged with willfully neglecting to pay her taxes from 2005 to 2007. Now, the Associated Press reports that Hill pleaded guilty to tax evasion in a New Jersey courthouse on Friday. She faces a maximum one-year sentence for each of the three years that she did not pay her taxes, making a maximum total sentence of three years in prison.

When initially charged, the singer responded via Tumblr with an open statement. She claimed her failure to pay taxes was necessary, as she “left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both [herself], and [her] family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it.”

According to her attorney, Hill intends to pay back the estimated $1.8 million she owes before her sentencing in late November.

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