Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Hill allowed time off for tour

Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes on more than 1.8 million US dollars earned from 2005 to 2007

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill is being allowed to participate in a concert tour before completing her sentence in a tax case, her lawyer has said.

Hill will be permitted to work during the last six weeks of the year before finishing the balance of a three-month home detention, Nathan Hochman said.

Hill pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay taxes on more than 1.8 million US dollars earned from 2005 to 2007. The former member of the Fugees was sentenced in July to three months in prison and three months of home detention as part of a year of court-ordered supervised release.

She lives in South Orange, New Jersey, and was sentenced in federal court in Newark. Her sentence also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought the total earnings to about 2.3 million dollars.

Hill was released on Friday from a federal facility in Danbury, Connecticut, several days early from her three-month sentence, based on a number of factors including good behaviour, according to Mr Hochman.

Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo signed an order on October 1 modifying conditions of Hill's supervised release, court filings showed. She allowed Hill to leave home detention from November 15 to December 31 to tour.

Hill was ordered to resume home detention on January 1 for the remainder of her sentence.

The court filing also said Hill must provide her probation officer "a detailed itinerary, including the dates, cities and hotels where she will be staying" while on tour. It is not clear if Hill will be announcing her own concert dates or joining another artist's tour.

Hill started singing with the Fugees as a teenager in the 1990s before releasing her multiplatinum-selling 1998 album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

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