Grammy-winning performer Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday to three months in prison on a tax evasion rap, telling the judge that she had intended to pay Uncle Sam eventually.
The 37-year-old singer, songwriter, rapper, actress and record producer pleaded guilty last June to not paying taxes on income from 2005-2007.
The former lead singer of the Fugees owed close to $1 million in back taxes. After she’s done in prison, Hill will face three months of home confinement.
“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 said in court on Monday, AP reported. She argued that she had not been able to pay her taxes because she had left the business during the years in question, AP reported.
Hill, of South Orange, N.J. began her solo career with the release of the 1998 critically acclaimed album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
Her attorney Monday said she has already paid $970,000 of her liability, and had sought probation for his client, who could have faced a year behind bars on each of the three counts. Where and when she’ll report to prison remained unknown Monday evening.