Singer Lauryn Hill released from jail, serves 3 months house arrest

Lauryn Hill performing at Cape Town Jazz Festival photographed by Susan Wong 2012

Grammy-winning American soul singer Lauryn Hill was released from a US prison Friday after being jailed in July for failing to file her tax returns on time, her lawyer said.

The 38-year-old is a former member of The Fugees, famous for hits such as “Killing Me Softly” and whose 1996 album The Score became one of the best-selling hip hop albums of all time.

Hill will now serve three months house arrest after leaving a low-security federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, 70 miles (112 kilometers) from New York City.

Her lawyer Nathan Hochman told AFP that his client had paid back nearly $1 million owed in federal and state taxes after making a guilty plea in court.

“She was released today and now she begins a one-year period of probation,” Hochman said. The year starts with the three months confinement at home.

Hochman said he had not yet spoken to his client since her release.

The Fugees won a clutch of Grammys in 1997. Hill’s 1998 solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was released to rave reviews, went platinum and earned her several more awards.

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