Hard Times For Lauryn Hill: Eviction, Possible Jail Time

Lauryn Hill just can’t catch a break. In the midst of possibly facing some serious jail time for tax fraud, the soulful rap star is being sued and evicted from her New Jersey mansion.

TMZ reports:

Lauryn’s been renting a South Orange, New Jersey mansion since 2009. Things went south when she stopped paying rent last month, so her landlord ran to court and filed a legal ultimatum — pay your rent NOW, or get out.

Lauryn hasn’t paid, so the eviction lawsuit is now full steam ahead.

This is only the latest of Hill’s troubles since she she already owes over $1 million to tax authorities according to the NY Post:

The troubled artist is also accused of owing more than $1.6 million to tax authorities. She could face up to three years in prison after she pled guilty for failing to file her tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Hill claimed that she didn’t file for taxes because of several threats that were made against her and her family.

The Inquisitr explains:

Hill owes nearly $1.8 million in back taxes but has said that she didn’t file because she received a number of threats telling her not to pay.

“As my potential to work, and therefore earn freely, was being threatened, I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by,” Hill wrote in a statement last year explaining her lack of payments. “This was absolutely critical while trying to find and establish a new and very necessary community of healthy people, and also heal and detoxify myself and my family while raising my young children.”

Hill is asking the court to take into consideration that she has received threats in the past. Court documents show that the former Fugees singer “withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family.” Hill also said it would be easier for her to pay the back taxes “if she is placed on probation and continued to work.”

Unfortunately, as of now there are no signs that the courts plan on taking it easy on the former Fugees member and her failure to pay rent certainly doesn’t send the message she needed to establish just a week before her sentencing.


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