Lauryn Hill was released from prison yesterday after serving almost three months for tax evasion. According to Forbes, she will now begin serving a three-month house arrest sentence which will be immediately followed by nine months of supervised release. Her defense team had originally requested that she serve no prison time for her crimes, since she is the mother of six young children, but she received a reduced sentence instead.
The sentence came after Hill pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion for failing to file tax returns for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. At the time of her plea, she posted on social media that she had gone “underground” in order to live without “being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda.”
Her lawyer, Nathan Hochman, said Hill has since fully paid her taxes. He said Hill got out several days earlier than planned due to various factors, "including good behavior".
CNN reports that shortly after her release from a low-security all-female facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the Grammy-winning artist posted a new single on Tumblr . The track had been quickly thrown together before she entered prison because she felt it had "relevance".
Besides spending time with her six children, Lauryn hasn’t made a public statement about her plans moving forward, but Chris Schwartz, the CEO of her record company, Ruff House Records, seems to have an idea of what would go on. Schwartz said simply, “Ms. Hill is ready to get back to work.”
That sounds like the sensible thing to do for the single mother, since her punishment for evading taxes isn't quite wrapped up just yet. In addition to the payment of taxes, interest and penalty due, Hill was also charged with a $60,000 fine. Better get back to turning out those hits, Ms. Hill!
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