Lauryn Hill was sentenced to a three month jail term on May 7 for failing to pay income tax on around $1.8 million in earnings. She has been ordered to report to prison on July 8. But one man who doesn’t think she’ll serve a day of time is former Fugees member Pras.
Doorstepped by TMZ, the rapper admitted he hadn’t spoken to Hill but said he had left a voicemail for the once feted Grammy Award singer to “reach out” to her.
Then, Pras chimed in with an opinion about Hill’s sentence:
“I doubt if she’ll do three months … listen [if] Lindsay Lohan doesn’t do any time, why would she [Hill] do time.”
Pras also said he was “doing good” because he had no “tax problems and that’s what it’s all about.”
The rapper-producer certainly knows what he’s doing in a studio. Back in the 1990s the Fugees set the music world alight.
But when it comes to the law, if Pras really wants to help Hill, he might want to keep his opinions off-air.
Despite Hill’s claims in court that she stopped paying taxes “when she withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family,” the judge at a federal court in Newark, New Jersey handed Hill a three month jail sentence then went further.
The 37-year-old singer was also given an additional sentence of three months home confinement after her release from prison.
Last year, Hill pleaded guilty to charges that she had failed to file tax returns from 2005 to 2007, despite owning four companies and generating over $1.8 million in gross revenue.
The singer paid back more than $970,000 before her sentencing and had sought probation, but the judge awarded her a custodial sentence instead.
Hill recently signed a new record deal with Sony and is planning to release a new studio album, The Return, later this year.