Singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced for three months in prison for tax evasion, after failing to file $1.8 million in returns.
Hill pleaded guilty in a Newwark, New Jersey court last summer, for the crime which took place between 2005 and 2007. Talking to the judge, Hill said she had every intention of paying her taxes but was unable to do so after she put her music career on hold.
“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,” she said. “I sold 50 million unites… now I’m up here paying a tax debt. If that’s not likened to slavery, I don’t know what is.”
To help pay her debt, Hill recently signed a deal with Sony Music for $1 million.
Hill’s sentence also include three months on house arrest and a nine-month supervised release. The mother of six will begin her prison term on July 8.