Unlike Wesley Snipes, Lauryn Hill managed to dodge a huge bullet yesterday. Hill was schedule to be sentenced on Monday for tax evasion, but her case was delayed for two weeks. Hill was able to put off sentencing because of a new record deal with Sony.
According to TMZ, Hill’s attorney revealed that the singer recently signed a million-dollar recording contract with her former label Sony and was planning to take out a $650,000 loan to pay off the $968,000 tax bill.
Hill pleaded guilty to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007. The Magistrate Judge scolded Hill on her negligence in paying off her debts.
“This is not someone who stands before the court penniless,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo told Hill’s attorney, Nathan Hochman. “This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes.”
“I fully expect that by May 3 Ms. Hill will be able to pay back all the restitution she has,” Hill’s attorney told the judge.
Hill faces several years in prison, but her attorney is seeking probation for the mother of six.
If that’s not enough, there are also reports of Hill being evicted from the house she is currently renting in New Jersey. Lauryn’s been renting a South Orange, New Jersey mansion since 2009. As of last month, she stopped paying rent, so her landlord ran to court and filed a legal ultimatum.
Here’s hoping to a quick resolution to all of her troubles.