Lauryn Hill is off to the slammer!
The hip-hop star, 37, was sentenced to jail for three months followed by an additional three months of home confinement (house arrest) after failing to pay her taxes on about one million dollars in earnings.
The Grammy award-winning singer went off the map after a career in the spotlight in order to raise her six children. Yesterday, she told a New Jersey court that she had every intention of paying the taxes, but struggled to do so when she dropped out of the 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," she said in a statement. Before the sentencing, Lauryn’s lawyer said that the singer had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.
Lauryn began her career in the early ‘90’s as a singer for the Fugees before launching a successful solo career with her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Though she hasn’t been actively singing, the mother was making money through music and film royalties, which she expected to keep her head above water financially.
Lauryn’s second album, The Return, is due to come out later this year, but now that her unexpected trip to prison is definitely happening, her comeback may be postponed.
But she’s not the only celebrity who’s been in trouble for tax evasion— Lauryn joins the likes of Martha Stewart, Willie Nelson, OJ Simpson, Nicholas Cage and Judy Garland to name a few.