Lauryn Hill facing eviction and possible jail time

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Lauryn Hill’s troubles just got a little worse. The singer is already facing a possible jail sentence for tax evasion. Now it seems she is about to be homeless too. According to showbiz gossip site TMZ, her landlord has served an eviction notice for non-payment of rent.

Hill’s financial affairs are a mess, and it seems that the monthly rent cheque has not been one of her priorities. Hill has rented the mansion in South Orange, New Jersey since 2009. After the rent wasn’t paid, the landlord filed a court case demanding payment. When Hill failed to respond, the landlord pursued an eviction lawsuit.

Hill pleaded guilty to failing to file tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007 a period when she earned more than $1.8 million. Intentional tax fraud carries heavy penalties and Hill could face up to three years jail time and a six figure fine when sentencing is made on April 22.

Hill has claimed that threats to her family were the cause of her withdrawal from public life at that time and her failure to submit a tax return. Her confused statements to investigators said she had been trying to escape a "climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism." She also claimed that she had been manipulated by "a media-protected military industrial complex", and complained about the commercialization of the music industry and the restrictions on free speech.

Hill’s debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is regarded as a hip-hop classic, and many have included it in lists of the greatest albums of all time, but it came out in 1998. Since then Hill has worked with The Fugees and dabbled in acting, but has never managed to emulate the power or critical and commercial success of that initial record.

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