Singer Lauryn Hill has pleaded pleaded guilty to not filing income tax returns from 2005 to 2007. The Grammy-winning singer made her plea Friday at a New Jersey courthouse, reports The Associated Press. Hill, a member of the Fugees before recording her 1998 breakthrough solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, failed to report $818,000 in income for 2005, $222,000 in income for 2006, and $761,000 in income for 2007, according to papers filed by a New Jersey prosecutor.
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.