Lauryn Hill Gets 3 Months in Prison
Compares her situation to slavery
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2013 5:21 PM CDT
Eight-time Grammy winning singer Lauryn Hill, center, walks to federal court.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – Singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison and three months in home confinement after pleading guilty to failing to pay taxes on almost $1 million in earnings. Hill told the judge that she had intended to pay the taxes ... eventually, but that she "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," the AP reports.

Additionally, TMZ reports, she told the court her situation was akin to slavery: "I was put into a system I didn't know the nature of. ... I'm a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me," Hill said. "I sold 50 million units ... now I'm up here paying a tax debt. If that's not likened to slavery, I don't know what is."

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K.KRANK
May 7, 2013 6:52 PM CDT
Child of former slaves? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauryn_Hill#Early_life_and_career_beginnings unless her parents were immigrants to the U.S. from countries where they practice slavery & were former slaves who managed to escape & start new lives here, I think not. Maybe she's the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of former U.S. based slaves, but those 7 generations of U.S. born grandparents after passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution were definitely not children of former slaves. She sounds slightly confused. Her confusion probably has to do with failing to pay her taxes. Oops. :/
joedert
May 7, 2013 6:20 PM CDT
Trying to skirt by like too many nwa celebrities and then playing the race card when caught. Her music and all gangsta rappers have set the civil rights movement and blacks progress back 25 years.
TheJman
May 7, 2013 4:39 PM CDT
Don't worry Lauryn...you're already paying whitey back for slavery by ruining his country!