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Monday 25 May 2015

Wesley Snipes leaves US prison

Wesley Snipes had challenged the US government's right to collect taxes (AP)
Wesley Snipes had challenged the US government's right to collect taxes (AP)

Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison in Pennsylvania.

The Blade actor, who was convicted in 2008 on tax charges, was released on Tuesday.

A Bureau of Corrections spokeswoman said he will be overseen by the New York Community Corrections Office until July 19.

Wesley entered the McKean federal prison in December 2010 to begin a three-year sentence for failure to file income tax returns.

The 50-year-old actor has appeared in dozens of films, from White Men Can't Jump and Demolition Man in the early 1990s to the blockbuster Blade trilogy.

Wesley belonged to a group that challenged the US government's right to collect taxes. US prosecutors say he failed to file returns for at least a decade and owed millions of dollars in back taxes.

He had appealed in an Atlanta court, saying he did not get a fair trial.

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