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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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16.

bernergirl    

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

535 days ago
17.

moxie    

Ooooh yeah, it be election day.

535 days ago
18.

bozzman    

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

535 days ago
19.

Cricket    

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

534 days ago
20.

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

534 days ago
21.

NOT ELMO    

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

534 days ago
22.

thegamemk    

Who cares about this racist??

534 days ago
23.

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!

534 days ago
24.

victory    

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.

534 days ago
25.

laffnbear    

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.

534 days ago
26.

anony    

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.

534 days ago
27.

Patti    

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....

534 days ago
28.

tom    

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

534 days ago
29.

dianne    

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

534 days ago
30.

Nun ja biz    

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

534 days ago
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