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The weekend is off to a bad start for singer Lauryn Hill. The Grammy winner was busted for failing to file taxes for three years on her income of $1.8 million. She owned up to her mistakes and pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in federal court on June 29.
But just because Hill, 37, pleaded guilty doesn't mean she thinks the charges are fair. In fact, her attorney Nathan Hockman says it was his client's celebrity status that made her a target.
"There are many people in society who fail to file their taxes on time who only face civil liability," he said. "They chose Ms. Hill in particular because of who she was."
Hill could face up to three years in prison and $75,000 in fines and will be sentenced in late November.
Earlier this month, the singer (who first rose to fame with the multiplatinum-selling Fugees) posted a lengthy explanation of her offenses on her personal Tumblr page. She says she failed to file taxes because she had retreated from society for the past several years and "remained what others would consider underground."
The mother of six added that she did so "in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by."