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Lauryn Hill jailed for tax evasion

2013-05-07 00:14:13

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Singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced in the US state of New Jersey to three months in jail for tax evasion.

The Grammy-winning singer, 37, also faces three months of home confinement, after pleading guilty last year.

Hill failed to pay taxes on about $1.8m (£1.2m) of earnings between 2005-07.

In a statement to the judge, Hill said she intended to pay the taxes but could not after ending her music career. It is not clear when Hill will report to prison.

"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 told the judge in court on Monday.

Hill has six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of Bob Marley.

She has largely withdrawn from public life while raising her children.

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, which won five Grammy awards and sold more than 19 million copies worldwide.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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