Lauryn Hill: Million-Dollar Sony Deal to Avoid Prison?

"This is not someone who stands before the court penniless," a federal judge told her in a Monday hearing. 

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Lauryn Hill, who pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay federal taxes on $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007, revealed in a Monday hearing before a federal judge that she has signed a $1 million deal with Sony under which she'll record five new songs, according to a Billboard report.

Sounds like good news for fans and the bank account:

Lauryn Hill has signed a new five-song, $1 million deal with Sony Music in order to get out of going to prison on tax evasion charges ... After receiving a new postponement of sentencing, she now has until May 6 to pay off the total and avoid three years in prison -- hence Sony attempting to save her with this new deal, much to the court's irritation. As the judge put it in scolding Hill, "This is not someone who stands before the court penniless."

Read more at Billboard.

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