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Reclusive singer Lauryn Hill said in an Internet posting Friday that she hasn’t paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee the safety and well-being of herself and her family, reports AP.

Hill is an eight-time Grammy Award winner and South Orange, N.J., resident. She was charged last week with willfully failing to file income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. Federal prosecutors said she didn’t pay taxes on more than $1.5 million earned in 2005, 2006 and 2007 from recording and film royalties.

Hill responded to the federal charges in a lengthy post on her Tumblr page Friday. She described how she has rejected pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.”

“Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual,” Hill wrote. “I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor…

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