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Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Prison

Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison followed by three months of home confinement, the AP reports. Last summer, Hill pled guilty to federal income tax evasion after failing to pay taxes on $1.8 million she earned between 2005 and 2007. She faced a maximum sentence of one year, and has already paid more than $970,000 of the owed taxes, according to an attorney, who had sought probation for the singer. "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 at today's sentencing. Last year, in a lengthy Tumblr post, Hill wrote that she'd gone "underground" during the years she hadn't paid taxes, doing so "in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda." Last month, Hill signed a million-dollar deal with Sony, meant to lead to the creation of her own imprint, Observe Creation Music, and demanding that she record a new album, preceded by five new songs, the first of which was released over the weekend. Hear "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” below. It is not yet clear when or where Hill will report to prison.

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Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Prison