It sounds like a movie plot, but it isn't. She has two weeks to pay back over half a million dollars. She has a record deal.
Looks like Lauryn Hill has some work to do.
The former Fugee and singing rapper behind The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has been ordered to turn over $504,000 in two weeks. Hill had not filed tax returns for three years on a total of $1.8 million, and she pleaded guilty on the charges last summer. She could face 30 months in prison.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo, however, postponed her sentencing until May 6, during which time she has to pay more than half a million dollars. Last year, Hill had only made one $50,000 payment.
Hill's attorney said she was planning on paying off the debt through a $650,000 loan secured against two of her properties.
Although she hasn't released new music in eleven years, she has signed a deal with Sony Music, although her attorney wouldn't give any more information. According to details revealed during the trial by the Assistant U.S. Attorney, though, Hill was supposed to receive $1 million for recording five songs for that label. She has yet to complete the songs. She would have received even more money if she recorded a full album.
Time for a jam session! Oh wait—apparently she's already facing a lawsuit from the town of South Orange, alleging that "she uses the mansion on Irving Avenue for rehearsals and to house visiting musicians, a violation of zoning ordinances."