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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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46.

Nicoleasm    

She does make one valid point..they should at least give her the opportunity to make money to pay the debt than throwing her in jail where she wont make any money. Just give her a year or less to come up with the money and if not, then she gets punished

465 days ago
47.

Dee    

Even though I feel this is a made up excuse...it's not new. She's said this before. One of the reasons some people had thought she had lost ties with reality completely.

465 days ago
48.

shroomer    

Paying Taxes Validates the Govt. USA is an Illegal Govt. We have NOT had a Free and Fair Election in 30 + yrs . The Media ( Jewish Owned ) decides what WE the People are 'allowed' to hear and read . Anyone who speaks up against 'them' are Blacklisted - Marlon Brando ,Gibson ,Jimmy Carter ,etc ... , ALL Royalties are STOPPED ! and Character Assassination STARTS. IF this sounds racist consider the Racism of the self proclaimed "Chosen People " ,their Manipulation of EVERYTHING Monetary ,Their Propaganda Machine and Their Genocide of the Palestinians .

465 days ago
49.

Justina    

It's cool, shes a stupid racist bitch anyway. I couldn't care less that she's going to jail. I loved her in "Sister Act" but then I learned about the real her and was glad that she fell off the face of the earth. Good riddens!

465 days ago
50.

Souper    

This is stupid. Excuses or not...there are bankers out there that have done much worse...funny how they want to put an enlightening, black, artist behind bars for her behaviour but the white fat cats who caused the economic collapse are being rewarded.

465 days ago
51.

spectator72    

Looks like she was doing a duet with Richard Simmons ''Sweating it out with 60's Motown

465 days ago
52.

WD    

Yeah thats a big steaming pile of...

What were the threats? That if you didnt pay your taxes youd end up in jail?

Wow

465 days ago
53.

Geezup    

I guess paying the IRS, "gave her Hibbie Jibbies" .

465 days ago
54.

jaredisbored    

Lauryn Hill Exposes The Illuminati’s Dark Hold On Music, May Go To Prison

http://www.toogoodforradio.com/hip-hop-music/lauryn-hill-exposes-the-illuminatis-dark-hold-on-music-may-go-to-prison/

465 days ago
55.

TruthTalk    

She owed her crack dealer and pimp money i'm hearing

465 days ago
56.

Italia    

She looks like Lou Rawles.

465 days ago
57.

jaredisbored    

Lauryn Hill Exposes The Illuminati’s Dark Hold On Music, May Go To Prison

http://www.toogoodforradio.com/hip-hop-music/lauryn-hill-exposes-the-illuminatis-dark-hold-on-music-may-go-to-prison/

465 days ago
58.

Souper    

LOL, so many people commenting on this are barbaric...heaven forbid you would walk a mile in her shoes. It's easy to point fingers and feel good about yourself for a minute isn't it?

465 days ago
59.

bryan0730    

poor bitch. nobody cares about you anymore. and for the record I highly doubt that anyone would waste their precious time threatening you. In fact I am pretty sure after you made your remark about being poor instead of having white people buy your music just about all of us "horrible white people" were like Laryn who?

Crazy stupid bitch!!!!!

465 days ago
60.

The Real Deal    

Well Lauren, you would have sympathy if you didn't say that you would rather have your children die than have a white person buy your album(s). People go through a lot of rough stuff, but that is no excuse to break the law.

465 days ago
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