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Lauryn Hill

I Didn't Pay and Didn't Play

'Cause of Terrifying Threats

4/15/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0412_lauryn_hill_01Lauryn Hill claims she stiffed Uncle Sam on a massive tax bill for the same reason she fell off the map after the '90s -- scary threats to her and her family.

Lauryn just filed legal docs asking for mercy before her sentencing later this month, claiming there was a good reason she failed to file tax returns for 2005, '06 and '07 ... when she earned a total of more than $1.8 million. She already pled guilty and faces several years in prison.
According to docs ... Lauryn stopped paying taxes "when she withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family."

She's not specific about the threats -- but it's a new explanation for her mysterious disappearance from the music scene after her rise to fame in the '90s.

Lauryn previously claimed she went underground to get back in touch with her musical roots.

Lauryn's asking the court to consider a bunch of other factors before her sentencing -- including her claim that she can pay off the debt much faster if she's not behind bars.

Lauryn is begging for probation.   A judge will be merciful -- or not -- on April 22.



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Let her try and pay it off, if not then put her in jails... As long as she pays.

555 days ago


Ooooh yeah, it be election day.

555 days ago


the fool is an arrogant, self-centered disgrace. sour, ugly attitude and not nearly as talented as she thinks. if martha stewart went to prison there's no way this bi*** ain't going - her crimes are far worse

555 days ago


I love Lauryn's voice, and have always been a fan. Please pay you're **** and come out with a new album.

555 days ago

tmz hater    

really tho this pic why ? she has children 5 by bob marley son and seven years in jail would be horrible ! mercy! i swear if she was jewish all this douche bag would say is oooo i love her

555 days ago


Lauryn stopped paying taxes.....................LOCK HER UP !

555 days ago


Who cares about this racist??

555 days ago

Cheryl A.    

Oh, I get it.....she is crazy.

And she is going to tell a judge that she can pay her taxes back faster if she is not behind bars is a nutty excuse. Faster then 22 years???? WOW!

555 days ago


No one is exempt from paying taxes, no matter the cir***stances. I sent my payments in on Tuesday of last week and they were cashed by Friday. The tax man doesn't mess around, they want their money and they want it promptly. No excuses. Sorry, Lauryn, your just a number.

555 days ago


Someone else who thinks they can make fools of the justice system.
Who, with a bit of intelligence would buy that excuse? Especially after her prior statement.

555 days ago


Nice try. You don't have to leave your house to pay your taxes.
What's with these idiot celebrities? You CANNOT avoid taxes. That's what you pay an accountant for--so you pay LESS in taxes.

555 days ago


I hope its a white judge, and the prosecutor plays the part where she hates whites and hopes they NEVER buy her music. Racist Hatian biotch, she should burn in hell....

555 days ago


I bet that ***** thick n musty..

555 days ago


And if Obama had a daughter, she'd look like this piece of crap, hanger-on.

555 days ago

Nun ja biz    

If Wesley Snipes had to go to prison for the same thing so should she.

555 days ago
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