Lauryn Hill Goes to Jail! 5 Other Celebs Who Served Time

The Fugees front woman reported to a federal prison for a three-month sentence after pleading guilty to tax evasion

If you ever wondered where singer Lauryn Hill has gone, the answer -- for now -- is jail. On Monday, the former Fugees front woman reported to a federal prison in Danbury, Conn., where she'll be serving three months for tax evasion.

Hill, 38, pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay taxes from 2005-2007. During that time, she reportedly earned $1.8 million -- but says she was living off the grid in order to protect her six children (ages 1 to 16).

"I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns!" Hill wrote on her Tumblr last year.  "I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival. I conveyed all of this when questioned as to why I did not file taxes during this time period. ... When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes.  This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family."

Hill's arguments failed to impress the judge, who called them "a parade of excuses centered around her feeling put upon." Now the eight-time Grammy Award winner is in minimum-security lockdown, to be followed by three months of house arrest. Her ex-boyfriend Rohan Marley has announced that he will be stepping in to take care of Hill's children (even though her youngest child is not his).

After all those times we belted along to "That Thing" in 1998, it's sad to see Lauryn Hill end up behind bars. But she's not the only surprising celebrity to do time. Here are 5 other stars who served significant jail time -- and no, Lindsay Lohan's in-and-out prison stints don't count.

Robert Downey Jr.
The actor served one year of a three-year sentence in 1999, after repeatedly violating probation on drug and weapon charges. His initial arrest was in 1996, when he was pulled over and found in possession of cocaine, heroin and a pistol. (He's now been sober for 10 years. Happy ending!)

Martha Stewart
Like Hill, Stewart ended up in minimum security women's prison for a financial crime, serving five months in 2005 for taking part in an insider trading scandal. Stewart's prison in West Virginia was nicknamed "Camp Cupcake" for its cushy conditions; her first choice, actually, was Hill's prison in Connecticut, which is nicknamed "Club Fed."

Wesley Snipes
The Blade actor served his full three years for tax evasion at a prison in Pennsylvania, and became a free man just three months ago.

Tim Allen
Buzz Lightyear, noooo! Turns out that the actor has a seriously dodgy past as a convicted cocaine dealer; he served 28 months in a Minnesota prison in 1978, and narrowly avoided a life sentence by ratting out other drug dealers. His comedy career began after his release at age 29.

Lil Kim
Before she competed on Dancing with the Stars, the rapper was watching it in a Philadelphia prison. In 2005, the hip-hop star served nearly 10 months for lying to a jury about a shoot-out involving her friends.  

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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