A singer-songwriter, rapper, producer and actress who has been a huge star, topping the charts and raking in multiple Grammy Awards, reported to prison today. The Los Angeles Times reports that Lauryn Hill, formerly of the Fugees, began serving a three-month sentence in Connecticut for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes.
Hill reported to federal prison in Danbury, Conn., according to a spokesma for the Bureau of Prisons. After she completes her term behind bars, she is expected to spend another three months in home confinement.
The story reports: “Hill was sentenced in May, the result of leaving taxes on earnings of over $2 million unpaid from 2005 to 2009. At the time the singer’s attorney said she’d paid back the debt; Hill herself compared the music business to a form of slavery and said she’d ‘had an economic system imposed on me,’ according to the AP.”
Hill wrote about her prison sentence recently in an online posting, writing on Tumblr: "I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term ‘make the IRS whole’ … make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalites. The entire time, I thought, who has made black people whole?!"
Hill’s last album was the 2002 release "MTV Unplugged No. 2.0," the report notes, adding: “In May she released a single, ‘Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix),’ the initial offering from a new deal with Sony Music.”