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Lauryn Hill Thrown In Jail For Three Months For Not Paying $1 million in Taxes

The miseducation of Lauryn Hill will continue behind bars.

A federal judge sentenced Hill on Monday to three months in prison — just after the former Fugees front woman went on a bizarre courthouse rant.

“I was put into a system I didn’t know the nature of,” the 37-year-old hip-hop diva said. “I’m a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me.”

She recently coughed up about $970,000 in back taxes and penalties, but still had to face the music in Newark Federal Court.

“I sold 50 million units now I’m up here paying a tax debt,” the Grammy winner and mother of six said. “If that’s not likened to slavery, I don’t know what is.”

The songstress not only played the race card, she played the mommy card too.

“I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that,” she said without elaborating.

Hill faced up to 30 months in prison for failing to pay income taxes on $1.8 million she earned from 2005 to 2007. Her lawyer asked for probation.

The New Jersey native, who launched a solo career in 1998 with the release of “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” was ordered to surrender on July 8. It wasn’t immediately clear where she will serve her time.

Once she’s released, she’ll be placed under three months of house arrest. She was also ordered to pay a $60,000 fine.

Hill released “Neurotic Society Compulsory Mix,” a new single on Friday. She said via Tumblr that she was forced to release the single early because of her legal trouble.

The recluse also confirmed that she signed a deal with Sony Worldwide Entertainment to launch a new label. That label is expected to release music from Hill, the first her first new songs in years.



 

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