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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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138 COMMENTS

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1.

IwuvTMZ    

Excuses excuses.

452 days ago
2.

Diamond Goddess!    

Nice try!
(LOLs.)
Threats wouldn't stop a check being put in the mail each of those three years.

452 days ago
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Stiletto    

Looks like someone nailed her in the face with a big load.

452 days ago
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Truth    

YAAAWWWN!!! DINT WORK FOR WESLEY SNIPES... AINT WORKING FOR THIS HO. I HEAR RIKERS IS PRETTY NICE IN THE SPRINGTIME. #TRUTH!!

452 days ago
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MoraMore    

i'm calling b.s. on your excuses, Lauryn. TIME TO GO TO JAIL!

452 days ago
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Waka Waka Waka    

She on meth...that's a lot of sweat

452 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

bet she supported obama and his tax hike rhetoric

452 days ago
8.

LDB    

TMZ out of all the pics you've chose this one?

452 days ago
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nonexample    

Oh bull****. GOD!

452 days ago
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Toallthehatersoftheworld    

I like lauryn hill but come on but to her defense she has not lived in the USA for awhile

452 days ago
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The Big Bowowski    

One of the worst black racists of our time. There is no room in this world anymore for people like her who publicly preach a hatred of another race. Karma really is a Beeeyatch....maybe she'll find a way to love all races in the federal pen, cause there's gonna be a lot of different races loving on her

452 days ago
12.

Jen    

So basically she's nuts and that's why?

452 days ago
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Texas-Writer    

Who in the USA does not know they have to pay taxes? Everyone knows the taxman cometh! When will these morons quit making up these silly excuses?

452 days ago
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tdr9    

Yep mentall illness can hit anyone of us any time. It's sad to see talent like this going underground

452 days ago
15.

wingedmonkey    

BS

452 days ago
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