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Lauryn Hill Asks for Leniency in Tax Evasion Case

Singer Lauryn Hill – who already plead guilty to tax evasion and faces several years in prison – is asking the judge for leniency on her sentencing claiming she didn’t pay taxes because of “very real threats to herself and her family.”
Lauryn Hill arrives at federal court Friday, June, 29, 2012, in Newark, N.J. The eight-time Grammy Award winner and South Orange, N.J., resident was charged this week with willfully failing to file income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. Federal prosecutors said she didn't pay taxes on more than $1.5 million earned in 2005, 2006 and 2007 from recording and film royalties. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

By// Mariah Craddick

Lauryn, girl, what is going on? According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Lauryn Hill – who already plead guilty to tax evasion and faces several years in prison – is asking the judge for leniency on her sentencing claiming she didn’t pay taxes because of “very real threats to herself and her family.” She also claims that she can pay off the debt faster if she’s not behind bars, which does make sense.

TMZ says that the threats also explain the reason for her disappearance from music a couple of years ago. Before, Hill cited her sudden disappearance as a way to get back in touch with her musical roots.

She is asking for probation and will be sentenced April 22nd.