Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty in a New Jersey courtroom on Friday to
evading federal taxes on $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007, the Associated Press reports. The singer faces a maximum one-year sentence for each of the three counts.
Hill declined to speak after the hearing, but her attorney, Nathan
Hochman, indicated that she plans on paying back the taxes owed. U.S.
Magistrate Michael Shipp agreed to delay the sentencing from early
October to late November in order to give Hill time to make payment.
When Shipp asked Hill if anyone had directly or indirectly influenced
her decision to plead guilty, Hill gave an enigmatic response that
seemed to promise a future statement: “Indirectly, I’ve been advised my
ability to speak out directly is for another time, at sentencing.”