Singer Lauryn Hill Leaves Orange Is the New Black Prison

She spent three months behind bars for tax evasion

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This Apr. 15, 2011, photo shows singer Lauryn Hill performing during the 12th Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Hip-hop star Lauryn Hill spent her last morning in prison Friday following a three-month stint for tax evasion, her lawyer said.

The federal facility in Danbury, Conn. coincidentally rose to fame during Hill’s stay as the premise for Netflix’s hit comedy-drama, Orange Is the New Black, which first aired in July.

Hill, a former member of The Fugees, pleaded guilty last year to not paying taxes on more than $1.5 million between 2005 and 2007. In addition to her prison sentence, she will spend three months under confinement at her home in South Orange, N.J.

She wrote on her Tumblr at the time of her arrest that she had rejected pop culture because of its “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.” In that post, she said she stopped paying her taxes when “it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.”

[Associated Press]

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