Lauryn Hill Threats: Why Did Singer Commit Tax Evasion? Dangerous Threats, Says Former Fugee As Her Court Date Approaches [VIDEO, PHOTOS & REPORT]
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Lauryn Hill claims threats made against her are to blame for her 2005-2007 tax evasion. Hill, who will go before a judge on April 22, 2013, is asking for probation in lieu of jail time. The singer, 37, claims that she stopped paying taxes "when she withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family."
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Lauryn Hill's threats are also the alleged reason that she turned into a recluse and sought out a life out of the limelight. Hill said the threats against her and her family forced her to "[go] underground" to maintain her "health and integrity."
Lauryn Hill's threats really impacted her life. "I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom," she wrote on her Tumblr page. "and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda."
Lauryn Hill also claimed the threats were an interference in her taxes. "When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes," she said. "This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family."
In regards to the threats, Lauryn Hill included, that she felt her potential to work was in danger: "I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by."
Hill also addressed the media's misconception of her tax evasion trial. "During this period of crisis, much was said about me both slanted and inaccurate, by those who had become dependent on my creative force," she lashed out. "Yet [they are] unwilling to fully acknowledge the importance of my contribution, nor compensate me equitably for it."
The threatened former Fugees singer plead guilty in June 2012 to failing to file her tax returns from 2005 to 2007 "intentionally and willingly." The crime could mean up to three years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines for Lauryn Hill. Hill is hoping that the court will let her have probation instead of jail time, reason being that she can pay off her debt much faster if she's not locked up.
Lauryn Hill, despite the threats made against her, filed legal documents ahead of her April 22 sentencing. The "Doo Wop" singer owes more than $1.6 million dollars in taxes. The income on which she didn't pay taxes was earned by four corporations that she owns. The amounts include $818,000 collected in 2005, $222,000 in 2006 and $761,000 in 2007.