*Dressed in a conservative dark jacket, white button-up shirt and a long rose skirt , singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years. She faces a maximum one-year sentence on each of the three counts, reports the Associated Press.
Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, NJ, Hill admitted she didn’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. During the hearing, attorney Nathan Hochman indicated that Hill planned to pay back the taxes she owes.
After the charges were brought three weeks ago, Hill posted a long statement on her Tumblr page explaining that she hasn’t paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee the safety and well-being of herself and her family. She also decried pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.”
Hill declined to comment after Friday’s hearing, but hinted that she might make remarks at her sentencing. When U.S. Magistrate Michael Shipp asked her if anyone had directly or indirectly influenced her decision to plead guilty, she replied, “Indirectly, I’ve been advised my ability to speak out directly is for another time, at sentencing.”
Shipp initially scheduled sentencing for early October but agreed to delay it until late November to give Hill time to make repayment.