Fugees singer, Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in a federal prison followed by another three months of house arrest for failing to pay taxes on an estimated $1 million in earnings.
The Associated Press say that Hill delivered a strongly worded statement today, where she explains that she meant to one day pay back all the taxes that she owed, but had a hard time doing so after she withdrew from the music industry.
“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.
“I was put into a system I didn’t know the nature of,” Hill continued. “I’m a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me. […] 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.”
A few weeks back, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Moser, called Hill’s bluff when she claimed in court that Hill had signed a deal with Sony Music which would result in a pay-day of $1 million for five new songs. Hill countered Moser’s claim saying that the pay-day was “inaccurate” while the deal was real.