Hill was sentenced to three months in a federal prison yesterday in the US and told the judge she meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

Riiiiight, you were ‘going to’ were you, Lauryn? Tell it to the judge! Oh you did.

“I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that,” Hill said on Monday, without explaining what exactly triggered her actions.

Before the sentencing, her lawyer had said Hill had paid more than $US970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.

Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts.

Hill also used her sentencing to talk about her music, comparing her work to that of a doctor.

“I didn’t make music for celebrity status,” she told the court. “I made music for artistic and existential catharsis, which was not just necessary for myself but it was also necessary for the generations of oppressed people who hadn’t had their voices expressed like I was able to do it. Music is not something I do from 9 to 5. It’s a state of being, and like a doctor who delivers babies, I’m on call all the time because that’s the kind of work this is.”

I’d keep my mouth shut if I were you Lauryn before they slap you with more tax on those long working hours. 

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