Earlier this month, Lauryn Hill responded to the 3 counts of tax evasion she was charged with after failing to file tax returns for 2005 to 2007.
In her letter, Lauryn explained that she withdrew her family from society during those years and always intended to take care of the situation.
But today in court, Ms. Hill entered a guilty plea on the charges. According to the Washington Post:
Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years.
Dressed in a dark jacket, white button-up shirt and a long reddish-orange skirt, Hill declined to comment after Fridayâ€™s hearing. During the hearing, attorney Nathan Hochman indicated that Hill planned to pay back the taxes she owes.
Hill admitted she didnâ€™t pay taxes on about $818,000 earned in 2005, $222,000 in 2006 and $761,000 in 2007. The money was earned by four corporations she owned.
After the charges were brought, Hill posted a long statement on her Tumblr page that decried pop cultureâ€™s â€œclimate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.â€ She explained that she hasnâ€™t paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee the safety and well-being of herself and her family.
Hill hinted Friday that she might expand on those comments at her sentencing. When Shipp asked her if anyone had directly or indirectly influenced her decision to plead guilty, she replied, â€œIndirectly, Iâ€™ve been advised my ability to speak out directly is for another time, at sentencing.â€
Lauryn could face up to 3 years in prison for the charges. Her sentencing is scheduled for this November in order to give her time to repay the money she owes.