Lauryn Hill has filed documents asking the courts for mercy in her sentencing for failing to file tax returns in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Hill’s massive tax bill totals more than $1.8 million and the singer will hear her fate when a judge rules on her sentencing next week. She has already pled guilty and faces several years in prison.
The 37-year-old singer, who originally posted an odd open letter online justifying her decision not to pay taxes because she went underground to get back in touch with her musical roots, is now claiming she left the music scene in the late 1990’s because of unspecific threats against her.
In court papers obtained by TMZ, the former member of The Fugees confessed she 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.”
The Grammy winner is asking the court to consider a bunch of other factors before her sentencing on April 22, among them her declaration that she can pay off the debt much faster if she’s not in prison.
Hill, a single mother of six children, is begging the judge for probation.