*As we reported, Lauryn Hill owes Uncle Sam big bucks.
The IRS filed charges against the artist for failing to pay more than $1.5 million in taxes for money she earned from 2005 to 2007.
Instead of letting this little issue roll by in the press, the normally private celebrity went to her Tumblr account to explain why she decided not to pay taxes.
She wrote that she stopped paying taxes after she felt it was necessary to withdraw from society for the safety and well being of her family, citing “false entitlement, manipulation and racial prejudice.”
“It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed,” she wrote. “Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option.”
She continued: “Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution,” she wrote.
The five-time Grammy winner could face up to a year in prison or pay $100,000 in fines.
All we can say is, Lauryn, if you even remotely think or thought that ‘excuse’ would fly with the IRS, pigs really can … well, you know.