Lauryn Hill gets 3 months for failing to pay taxes
NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) - Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced on Monday to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes on about US$1 million (S$1.23 million) in earnings.
Hill, 37, pleaded guilty last year in the case.
During a forceful statement to the judge on Monday, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business, echoing a defense she wrote last year in a long post online.
"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," Hill said on Monday, without explaining what exactly triggered her actions.