It may not have been too little, but it was definitely too late for Lauryn when she paid off more than $900,000 in back taxes before her sentencing in Newark yesterday. The New York Daily News reports that although Lauryn paid off everything that she owed the government, a judge still ruled that the “Lost Ones” singer would still have to spend three months prison.
That sentence was leveled after Lauryn spoke on her own behalf in the court. “I was put into a system I didn’t know the nature of,” she said. “I’m a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me.”
She added, “I sold 50 million units now I’m up here paying a tax debt. If that’s not likened to slavery, I don’t know what is.”
Lauryn also explained that part of the reason she’d held off on paying her taxes from 2005 to 2007, when she earned $1.8 million, because she refused to sacrifice the well being of her family. “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,” she said without going into too much more detail.
The 37-year-old diva and mother of six had been facing up to 30 months in lockup, and her lawyer has requested that she be put on probation. Once Lauryn is released she must pay an additional $60,000 and spend three months on house arrest.
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